## Setting up ExpressVPN on Ubuntu

I’ve been meaning to set up a VPN and this morning seemed like a good time to tick it off the bucket list. This is a quick outline of my experience, which included one minor hiccup.

There are a number of vendors to choose from, but based on a recommendation I had a look at ExpressVPN. The first thing that you need to do is create an account. You’ll need to provide credit card details and you have a choice of subscription periods. There’s a 30 day money back offer, which means that you can try this out with no significant risk.

The install went flawlessly for me.

## Activation

Next you need to apply the activation code from the web site.

## Connecting (First Attempt)

At this point everything had gone very smoothly and I was feeling most optimistic. So I went ahead and tried to connect to a VPN server. By default a connection will be made to a suitable server based on your geographic location.

Well, that’s no good! Luckily it’s easy to get some diagnostics.

That’s unexpected: unable to execute ifconfig. I’m working on a fresh Ubuntu install, so evidently I haven’t yet installed all of the usual tools. Easily remedied.

## Connecting (Second Attempt)

Let’s try connecting again.