I'm a bit of a network and Linux noob. With that said....the good news is that I have OpenVPN setup in a VM on a Win10 client. It appears to be working fine except for a few little things. I tested it by tethering my laptop to my phone and logging in remotely. It seems to work okay but I have a few questions... 1.) By default, is the traffic going through encrypted from other prying eyes when I'm on another network? So if I'm on say a work network or a hotel wifi if I'm surfing the web completely through the OpenVPN server am I secure? 2.) If I'm connected to a network where all ports are blocked except 80 / 443 will this OpenVPN allow me to get around that given I'm tunneling all traffic through the VPN? 3.) When I connect my laptop to the OpenVPN while on a different network (tethering via phone) I can see my local shares as if I'm at home but I have to put it in with the IP address to gain access. Another words I have to put in \\192.168.1.x to get to the shares. If I try using my mapped network shares that are \\HOMEPC they don't work. Not a big deal I made a shortcut on my desktop called local shares and it points to \\192.168.1.x but I'm trying to understand why it's doing that. 4.) To follow-up with question 3, I tested this using a family's PC. I use TeamViewer to access their computer. I can connect to the OpenVPN client. If I check "what's my IP" it correctly shows my home's IP and not the family's IP. Problem is I cannot see ANY of my network shares from my home on the family PC. Whether I try \\HOMEPC or \\192.168.1.x it just refuses to see. Why? Thanks for reading.