VNC as spyware on TV

Michael F. March march "at" indirect.com
Mon, 25 Jun 2001 20:37:29 +0000


How many simultaneous people can be sharing the same desktop
in Netmeeting?

Does the desktop sharing using a TCP based protocol? 

If not, going through firewalls must be a pain..




> Mark, have you had a chance to compare VNC to NetMeeting as far as
> bandwidth usage is concerned? Do you have any hard facts on which one
> performs better?
> 
> Thanks...Robert
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> "Mark Harris" <harrismh "at" us.ibm.com>@uk.research.att.com on 06/25/2001
> 11:28:10 AM
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> VNC is used in our shop as an Xvfb and for remote server support and maint
> (almost exclusively).   For the masses (particularly IT managers and
> security folks) the primary application for VNC is going to be electronic
> monitoring.    It doesn't really matter what emphasis you give to the web
> page either.
> 
> Spyware aside....   we are also gearing up to use VNC (modified form) for
> net conferencing;   instead of netmeeting or econference.   We have used
> VNC for netdemos also,  which is just a specialized net conference where
> all clients are view only.    The demo conference is hosted on a Linux box
> that serves out an X connection in viewonly mode.   A vncviewer is started
> on the same Linux host connecting back to the Windose box where the demo is
> being run.   So,  all clients (whatever platform) connect to the Linux box
> either with their browser or vncviewer and are able to see the software
> demo that is happening on the windose box.    It is a lot of network
> traffic,  but limiting to viewonly,  restricting the colors to 8bit,  and
> simplifying the backgrounds help with bandwidth.   I have found it a more
> reliable conferencing solution in some situations.
> 
> Some people will use VNC for spyware.    (very sad)
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