How to protect my Ubuntu PC in a non-secure wifi NW?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Tue Sep 4 04:29:06 UTC 2007

On Tue, Sep 04, 2007 at 12:20:06AM -0400, Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Peter Garrett wrote:
> > For instance, I can check my mail from a cafe by connecting through my home computer via ssh, either using 
> > gui apps like sylpheed or evolution, firefox etc, or from the commandline. The data is encrypted end-to-end.
> How does this add security?  Presumably, you're connecting from your
> home computer to the mailbox via a secure protocol.  So why not just
> connect directly?  This should be secure even over unsecured wireless.

I also use it for other things though - for instance I can use 
sshfs to browse my files remotely, or browse the web via the tunnel.

Mostly this is an unnecessary level of paranoia though :-)


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