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WinVNC and PuTTY

I tried my hand at setting up secure SSH remote windows desktop today using WinVNC and PuTTY. (details how to do that here)

Reason for wanting to do this: To be able to access my home computer's desktop from work securely through a firewall, without having to pay for it. A similar service from GoToMyPC has a monthly fee attached to it. Screw that. I'm not going to pay fees just to access my home computer.

Anyway, it did work - sort of. It was really slow, graphics sometimes did not sync up, and the SSH server thing crashed. I think this is mainly due to the fact I'm connecting to a WinNT machine on a P200 (very slow considering how fast modern day computers are). I purposely connect to a computer that is not my 'main' PC, so that in case it crashes or gets hacked into (which is very unlikely), it doesn't matter because I can just reformat the hard drive and try again - which is what I will have to do tonight (groan..)

It was kinda cool to be able to get to my computer from work. It was also nice having 2-tier security in place.

It would be great if it didn't crash. 🙂 Hopefully this will be fixed tonight.

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