Self-hosted software is a great way to maintain control and ensure the privacy of your data. Self-hosting software is the practice of running software on your own server. Utilizing containerization software such as Docker makes this practice very easy. You can self-host your own personal wiki, Wireguard VPN, DNS Ad Blocker, and even a password manager.
Using a VPN is a great way to secure your personal data from getting sniffed out on public networks. You can install a VPN server on your home network and use a VPN client on your laptop or phone. The VPN client will encrypt and secure your web traffic and send it to your home network to be processed. If you have Pi-hole running on your home network as well, your VPN clients will benefit from it’s filtering capabilities no matter where you are. For this tutorial, we will be installing Wireguard in a Docker container on a Raspberry Pi 4 running Ubuntu 18.04.4 Bionic.
Now that you’ve installed Docker and learned it’s basic commands it’s time to try out some Docker utilities to make managing your Docker environment a little bit easier. These 6 utilities, aim to help you control, monitor and/or manage your docker host.
So you’ve finished installing and configuring Portainer, and now you are ready to dive in and see what it can do. Portainer is a simple and lightweight, but powerful application that is used to provide a web management interface that you can use to perform functions on your Docker host. This guide aims to help answer some basic questions about how to use Portainer.
When you need to make a quick adjustment to your docker setup, you just fire up your favorite terminal app and start typing in the various commands. Using the command line to manage your Docker setup is pretty simple, but some people prefer a more visual user interface when managing their systems. Portainer gives you that visual interface.
When you visit a website, such as codeopolis.com your computer will contact your DNS provider and ask for the IP address of codeopolis.com so your computer can visit the site. The DNS provider will then log that request, creating a record of your visit. Can you trust that your DNS provider or Internet Service Provider (ISP) will not share or sell that information? I don’t.
Over the past few months, I’ve been working to transition to as many self-hosted applications as I can. Self-hosting applications is a secure way to control your data on your terms as well as to get it moved off of the public cloud.
Watchtower is an application within a docker container that watches for updates for all of the running containers on a system. If an update is available for any of the containers, then Watchtower will restart that container with the new image using the same parameters as the previously running image.
Internet advertisements and trackers are everywhere. The websites you visit and your smart devices are constantly sending data to their manufacturers and advertisers. Pi-hole is a network-level ad blocker that sits on your network and uses blacklists to determine which DNS requests to block. Installation on Docker is easy.
Heimdall is a quick and easy way to organize all of your applications and frequently visited links into one page. Personally, I have enabled the Google search bar and use this application as my browser start page. Once you add your application to the dashboard through its easy to use interface, you can drag and drop to move the buttons around as you see fit.