vnc through ssh or VPN...?
rasjidw "at" openminddev.net
Mon Mar 15 09:15:01 2004
On Monday 15 March 2004 19:29, Torbjxrn Heltne wrote:
> We currently have a (somewhat bandwidth limited) VPN connection between
> the main office and one home office. The home office user needs
> occasional vnc capabilities as well.
> I assume that both ssh and VPN gives about the same level of security
> (comments?) so my initial concern is "value for bandwidth".
> Which solution will give the better one - vnc through VPN, or using ssh?
It probably depends on a little on what type of VPN connection you are talking
about. Do you mean PPTP or IPSec when you say VPN? They are quite
Opinions on the relative security may vary. I would say that PPTP is the
least secure, with SSH and IPSec both being more secure, and IPSec being
(perhaps) a little more secure than SSH. But both SSH and IPSec can be
configured in various ways, so it you would have to really be quite specific
about what configuration of IPSec and SSH you mean to reasonably compare the
security of the two. And of course make sure any passwords used are strong
Anyway, in my experience I have found ssh with compression enabled to give the
best performance in terms of responsiveness. Good enough to type comfortably
in Word etc over an ADSL connection. Since I run Linux at home, it is just a
matter of passing the -C paramater. If your remote user is running Windows,
Putty also supports compression. Just tick the appropriate option, or build
a script that has all the need .reg entries provided.
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