web logo

Frequently Asked Questions

General

You offer several free tools without ads, what's the trick?

  • There's no "trick". This web is more a hobby project than a way to make money. The tools I offer are limited (see sections below) and I adjust these limits so that the expenses involved in this project do not exceed my budget.

Privacy

What kind of personal data do you collect and why?

  • I collect public IP from users that use VPS or Storage tool. This data allows me to block users who do a bad use of my tools (users who launch several VPS at once, etc.) and to know how many visitors access my page. IPs are stored for 1 month.

Do you share my data (files, IP, etc.) with other sites?

  • No. I don't share any data from the users with any company. I would only do it to comply with the law or a binding order of a governmental body.

Okay, I trust you, but you don't manage the underlying infrastructure, so can I trust in your provider?

  • My provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the biggest cloud company in the world and it takes security very seriously. You can read its Data Privacy FAQ in this link.

Can I ask to have my public IP removed from your system?

  • Yes, you can request it by email, but if you launch a VPS or upload a file after the deletion process, your IP will be saved again.

VPS

What are the allowed limits for using the VPS?

  • I set up one main limit on the usage: network usage. You can read more about it and other limits in Terms of Service.

Do I need to download the private key every time I launch a VPS?

  • No, there are only three different private keys, one per region.

(Windows) How to connect to an SSH VPS with PuTTY?

  1. Download the Private Key.
  2. You need to change the Private Key format to PPK. To do so, open PuTTYgen. It was installed with PuTTY.
  3. Screenshot PuTTYgen location
  4. Click on "Load".
  5. Screenshot PuTTYgen main window
  6. Click on "PuTTY Private Key Files" at the bottom-right corner and select "All Files (*)"
  7. Screenshot PuTTYgen load window
  8. Select the Private Key and click OK.
  9. Click on "Save private key". You can set up a password for the key if you want.
  10. Open PuTTY.
  11. Screenshot PuTTY main window
  12. Type the public IP or the public DNS on the "Host Name" input box.
  13. On the left menu, click on "Connection > SSH > Auth"
  14. Select your PPK file by clicking on "Browse".
  15. Screenshot PuTTY private key window
  16. Click on "Connection > Data" and type the username on "Auto-login username".
  17. Screenshot PuTTY auth window
  18. Go back to "Session" on the left menu and type a name for the connection inside "Saved sessions" input box.
  19. Click "Save".
  20. Click "Open".

(Windows) How to connect to an SSH VPS with MobaXTerm?

  1. Download the Private Key.
  2. Click "Session" icon at the top-left.
  3. Screenshot MobaXterm main window
  4. Click "SSH".
  5. Type the public IP or the public DNS on "Remote Host".
  6. Click on "Specify username" and type the username.
  7. Click on "Advanced SSH settings".
  8. Click on "Use private key" and click on the file icon inside the input box.
  9. Screenshot MobaXterm SSH window
  10. Select the Private Key
  11. Click on "Bookmark settings" and type a Session Name.
  12. Click "OK".
  13. Double-click on the session name (on the left menu) to connect.

(Linux) How to connect to an SSH VPS with a Terminal?

  1. Download the Private Key.
  2. You probably have an SSH client installed on your system. Check it by typing ssh in the Terminal. If it's not installed, you can install "openssh-client".
  3. The first time, you need to change the Private Key file permissions: type chmod 600 [private key file]
  4. Type this command: ssh -i [private key file] [username]@[public IP or public DNS]
  5. ssh -i ./freewebtools_euwest1_key.pem ubuntu@123.456.789

(Linux) How to connect to an RDP VPS with Remmina?

  1. In Remmina, click on the top-left icon: "New connection profile".
  2. Screenshot Remmina main window
  3. Select the RDP Protocol.
  4. Type a Name for the connection.
  5. Type the public IP or public DNS on "Server" field and the username and password in their respective fields.
  6. You can choose the window resolution (client resolution, custom, etc.).
  7. Click on "Save and connect".

(Windows) How to connect to an RDP VPS with Remote Desktop?

  1. Type the public DNS on "Computer" input box.
  2. Click on "Show options" and type the username.
  3. Screenshot Remote Desktop
  4. Click "Connect".

How to transfer files between my computer and VPS with Filezilla?

  1. Download Private Key.
  2. In Filezilla, click on the top-left icon ("Site Manager").
  3. Screenshot Filezilla main window
  4. Click on "New site" and type a name for the connection.
  5. Screenshot Filezilla
  6. In "Protocol" select "SFTP".
  7. Screenshot Filezilla
  8. Type the public IP or the public DNS on "Host".
  9. In "Logon Type", select "Key File".
  10. Screenshot Filezilla
  11. Type the username.
  12. Click "Browse" to select the private key file. In the pop-up window, select "PEM files" at the bottom-right corner and select the private key.
  13. Screenshot Filezilla
    Screenshot Filezilla
  14. Finally, click "Connect".

(Linux) How to mount a remote filesystem with sshfs?

  1. Download the Private Key.
  2. SSHFS is a program that is usually installed with ssh.
  3. You need to set a mount point by creating a folder. You can name it whatever you want.
  4. mkdir remotefolder
  5. Type this command:
    sshfs [username]@[ip]:[remote path] [mount point] -o IdentityFile=[private key file path (full path)]
    For example:
    sshfs ubuntu@123.456.789:/home/ubuntu mounts/sshfs/ -o IdentityFile=/home/user/Documents/freewebtools_euwest1_key.pem
  6. To unmount:
    umount [mount point]

Where are the Windows VPS you use to offer?

  • Windows VPS are expensive. My provider (AWS) charges me more than double for these VPS than with Linux VPS (only for the CPU/RAM). Also, Windows VPS require more storage. All this meant that more than 70% of my expenses were from these VPS, so I needed to remove them to not exceed my budget.