Install and Use VPNs

Install ProtonVPN Graphcial Client

Download the .deb package from their website

Log into ProtonVPN website

Once signed in click the Downloads tab on the left side of the website and click on the Download button for GNU/Linux.

Download debian file part 1

Click the Download .deb button for Ubuntu and Pop!_OS.

Download debian file part 2

Next be sure to leave Open with Eddy (default) selected so that the next window pops up.

Installing the .deb package

Installing the debian file

Now click the Install button to install ProtonVPN using Eddy. Once that is down close the Eddy window.

Install the package:

Open a Terminal window to install the actual package as the .deb file that we installed added the repository so that our system knows where to find the real ProtonVPN package.

Pop!_OS

Press +t on your keyboard. A Terminal window should open.

Ubuntu

Press Ctrl+Alt+t on your keyboard. A Terminal window should open.

Next enter the following commands followed by Enter:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install protonvpn

Using the Graphical Client

ProtonVPN Main Window

Open the ProtonVPN client by clicking Activites on the top left of your desktop and search for ProtonVPN in the search box. Enter your login information which should be the same as the information that you used to sign into the ProtonVPN website. If that doesn't work you will need to reach out to ProtonVPN support.

ProtonVPN signed in

Now that we are signed into the service with the ProtonVPN client we can connect to any server that we have access to in our plan though ProtonVPN.

ProtonVPN connected to a server

From this window we can see our Upload and Download speeds including the load that the server is under (how much it is being used currently) and our IP address.

Install a VPN using OpenVPN files

Pop!_OS

Press +t on your keyboard. A Terminal window should open.

Ubuntu

Press Ctrl+Alt+t on your keyboard. A Terminal window should open.

Install Packages

Enter the following command followed by Enter:

sudo apt install network-manager-openvpn-gnome

Open Network Settings

Access OpenVPN setting in the Settings application (GNOME Control Center)

GNOME-Control-Center

Getting a .ovpn file

OpenVPN uses .ovpn files for setting up the VPN on your system and includes the servers to contact. Most VPN providers will provide a .ovpn file such as the following:

Using a .ovpn file

After getting a .ovpn (OpenVPN file type) click the plus icon to the right of the VPN section. A dialog will as show will open. Click 'Import from file...'

VPN-Dialog

Select the .ovpn file downloaded from your VPN provider.