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November 29, 2005, 3:51 am
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wifi spot such as at a cafe (no WEP/WPA/VPN), is my surfing session
secure-- or even though it is https:// is it insecure from a packet
sniffer intercepting wifi signals?
(2) If I browse the web from an open wifi spot such as at a cafe (no
WEP/WPA/VPN), is my surfing session secure if I do my surfing by means of
ssh X tunneling and remote X client apps, for example if I
ssh -X me@myhomepc
and then once connected via ssh to my home computer I run a browser or
really any X application remotely?
- Jeffrey F. Bloss
November 29, 2005, 6:15 pm
Re: two simple questions from a newbie
I'd say it's best to look towards using the end to end encryption of
HTTPS. Or maybe some sort of VPN between your laptop and school. Tunneling
to your home machine has the advantage of hiding your ultimate destination
from anyone sniffing your wifi connection, but it leaves the part of the
connection path between "home" and "school" unencrypted. You're not really
trying to hide where you're going anyway, just your login information and
maybe some critical data like grade updates. Encrypting all the way to the
school's web server makes a *lot* more sense.
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