In 2001, when James Yonan released OpenVPN under the open source GPL license, few people outside of the corporate, government, or techie culture knew much about VPNs. In the 14 years since its initial release OpenVPN has grown to be a dominant player in the VPN market.
As open source software, the source code is available for peer review by anyone, which has proven in other projects such a GnuPG or PGP to create a much more secure product. Being open source also allows the world community to contribute to the code base, often increasing innovation.
My hacking career began at age 12, when my father brought home a Sinclair ZX-81 computer kit and a lifelong fascination with computing was born. I became a privacy and security advocate after learning of the US Government's criminal investigation against Phil Zimmermann. Years later I found myself in Silicon Valley being paid to hack Phil's PGP code. I soon tired of the rat race and moved to the Northwoods of Minnesota where I have over 2 million acres of protected wilderness to roam. Here I indulge in my passions for wilderness and technology and as an advocate for computer security and privacy.