iChat security: screen sharing, free MobileMe account, etc.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bajinnova, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. bajinnova macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009
    I'm going to be using iChat for the first time and want to use the screen sharing feature between two computers running 10.6. iChat's documentation (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=iChat/5.0/en/17157.html) says:

    "While every screen sharing connection uses encryption, the highest level of security requires both participants to have MobileMe subscriptions with encryption enabled. If this is the case, you will see a lock icon in the screen sharing window."

    I'm wondering:

    1. What is the difference between the encryption that "every screen sharing connection uses" and the enhanced security allowed with MobileMe accounts? How does this compare with, say, doing VNC over an SSH connection?

    2. I understand that one can get a free MobileMe account which only has iChat capabilities. Does this free MobileMe account enable iChat encryption, or do I have to pay $99/year to get that?

  2. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    why all the worry about security?

    are you screen sharing a mac on a local network, or farther away?

    and MM is $65 at amazon, among other places... if that helps...
  3. bajinnova thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009
    Farther away.

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