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Old 08-27-2003, 05:06 PM   #1
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Question newbie help on accessing my new linux remotely please

hi all,

wow a place FOR linux newbies, i'm in heaven
my experience has been microsoft, some bsd
i LOVE my new linux box, which will be the first of many

i'm having trouble finding doc's on specifically accessing my machine at work, from home (so I don't have to stop playing with it)

either details or simply pointing me to some specific doc links would be greatly appreciated.

thx much for this site
Old 08-27-2003, 05:42 PM   #2
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First off... Do NOT use telnet. It cannot be said enough. Telnet sends passwords as plain text, which can be picked up by any computer along the way.

Look into SSH, which stands for Secure SHell. It's a remote login program like telnet, but uses encryption.

You'll have to open your port 22 on your computer at home, and run the sshd deamon. If there is something between the computer and the internet (such as a firewall/router), you'll have to forward port 22 to the computer.

You then use ssh (or PuTTY from a Windows box) from your computer at work to login to your computer at home. You can use it right off the bat if you only want to use the console. You can get X-windows to run across the ssh connection, but it will take a bit of work.
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Also be sure to visit the LQO security site and do a LOT of reading before you expose your new linux box to the internet. At a minimum you are going to need to

1) shut down all uneeded daemons
2) put a good, solid firewall in place
3) learn how to recognize the signs of being hacked
4) learn how to delete telnet from your computer so you aren't ever tempted to use it
5) learn how to lock down ssh to specific users

And be sure to return and ask when you aren't sure. What you want to do isn't that hard, but there are bad people out there who have no qualms about taking advantage of you if you don't cover basic security.
Old 08-28-2003, 05:26 PM   #4
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thk guys
great help, i've got stuff to do then i'll be back for more


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