Vino, Meet Security

Accessing your desktop from a remote location is fun. But anyone who wants to protect their data knows that it has to be secure. In a lot of cases, doing this requires configuring an SSH server with X11 forwarding.

Vino, GNOME's remote desktop (VNC) server, is nothing new. It has been around since GNOME 2.8, over three years ago. The only problem with it is the fact that there is slim to no security exposed in the interface. Thankfully, with the release of GNOME 2.22 in a little over a month, we can hopefully stop compulsively worrying about the state of our computers.


The biggest security features are highlighted, with encryption being the key factor here. No longer will you have to tunnel over SSH to set up a simple remote connection, as it is now accessible with a few clicks. And when you are done with your session, you can also have your screen automatically lock to keep others off.

Other notable features include the ability to restrict connections to your local computer, which is probably only useful for a multi-user system, and the option to use another port (security through obscurity).

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Jacob is a web developer, student, and programmer from Ohio. He is a staff member at the Ubuntu Forums and is most likely a fanboy of the distribution. He loves to write in code and words, play video games, and rant about topics most would have abandoned long ago. Jacob uses GNOME and is never seen running stable software, much to the demise of his laptop.

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  1. # Posted on 07 February 2008 at 05:47 AM

    [...] FOSSwire: Vino, GNOME’s remote desktop (VNC) server, is nothing new. It has been around since GNOME 2.8, [...]

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  5. Dr Small (guest)

    # Posted on 11 February 2008 at 02:34 PM

    I still use ssh though...

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