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How to securely control another Mac over the internet
Authored by: beaster on May 11, '05 07:17:57PM
Fair question - the main reason is, as you stated, I don't have to muck around with my dad's router over the internet to open up port 22. But beyond that, I also don't have to setup a ddns name for his computer and install and configure the requisite software on his box to keep ddns up to date when his IP changes (or worse, try to explain to him how to find his router's IP and AIM it to me or something).

Furthermore, if one of us is going to take the (relatively small) risk of opening up port 22, I want it to be me. I know that all the accounts on my powerbook have strong passwords, but I can't guarantee the same for my dad's computer.

Finally, I don't have to have my dad ask me why there's an account called "dummy" on his login screen. ;)

Minor quibble - I don't agree with your flexibility argument. If I'm travelling somewhere else with my Powerbook (but without my router), I can just reset my ddns name to point to my new IP by going straight to ddns.org.

Regards, Sean

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How to securely control another Mac over the internet
Authored by: dtungsten on Oct 25, '05 12:30:27AM

Minor quibble - I don't agree with your flexibility argument. If I'm travelling somewhere else with my Powerbook (but without my router), I can just reset my ddns name to point to my new IP by going straight to ddns.org.

But you do have the (probably minor) inconvenience of waiting for the DNS to propagate.



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How to securely control another Mac over the internet
Authored by: SeanKaneFLA on Oct 30, '05 12:52:49PM

dyndns.org updates almost, if not, instantaneously.



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