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Accessing mac mini remotely question

Discussion in 'Community Broadband & Computers' started by Mike-and-Kim, May 13, 2011.

  1. Mike-and-Kim

    Mike-and-Kim Member

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    A friend showed me how to do this (and it works) but I was wondering if this is reasonably safe:

    router port forward setup
    external: 443
    internal: 22
    to ip address: 192.168.1.xxx

    on laptop start terminal, type in

    ssh -l computer_name -p 443 -L 5900:localhost:5900 name_at.dyndns-at-home.com

    then enter password

    start chicken of the vnc on laptop, use localhost

    Thanks, Mike
     
  2. Rhaegar

    Rhaegar Member

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    It's safe if your password is sufficiently complex and even safer if there is a limit to the number of login failures before it blocks the IP address the attempts are coming from. There are occasionally OpenSSH and other vulnerabilities so make sure that any system that is accessible from the Internet is well patched at all times.
     
  3. Mike-and-Kim

    Mike-and-Kim Member

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  4. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    And do NOT permit logins as 'root' via SSH...
     
  5. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    also, LogMeIn (free) is a cool product, and it does NAT traversal and encryption and all that jazz. I use it for all my family for doing remote tech support, etc. no need for setting up dyndns, port forwarding, etc.
     
  6. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    I totally agree with Boomer - I use it in the same way and it works great. Multi-platform as well!
     
  7. Sasquatch519

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    I also use LogMeIn. I have it for the iPhone/iPad ($20) and it works very well, even over 3G in a pinch. The only thing I don't like about it is it can't wake up a computer in sleep mode unless the computer is using a wired connection.
     

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