Getting packet sniffed at my dorm?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by orijinal, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. orijinal macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2005
    My computer is part of a dormitory, and we get our internet from a local ISP. I have a paranoid feeling that my suitemate has been packet sniffing me or reading my aim conversations through the network.

    Is this possible? Is there any way around this?
  2. ElectricSheep macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Wilmington, DE
    Its possible he's running a sniffer. If you're really paranoid about it, start using encrypted network services, or get yourself set up with external proxy host that you can VPN or SSL Tunnel to. That will make any packets that are sniffed out of your host on the local network indecipherable.
  3. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    english please

    sry...but for someone who has no clue what that means can you please explain how that would be done? I'm going to college next year and want to make sure that won't happen to me. Is this possible on a macbook pro?
  4. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Is your suitemate a big computer geek? If not, he doesn't know how to do it (and likely doesnt know it can be done) and you don't need to worry about it.
  5. bwanac macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2006

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