Screen Sharing Security in ML

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by patsfan83, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. patsfan83 macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2008
    I'm curious to know what is safe/secure when using VNC/Screen sharing.

    Currently I use Chicken of the VNC to connect to my iMac with ML at home. I have a VNC password set (however that is limited to like 10 characters), and I log in using my Mac username and password when connected.

    What part of my data is encrypted? Is it safe to do this frequently or should I turn it on/off as needed?
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I don't know that regular ol' VNC traffic is encrypted; it usually isn't. Whether Apple does I dunno, but I doubt it.

    Lots of folks do screen sharing over either a VPN or SSH; I prefer SSH. You can roll your own or use software like Share Tool, which makes SSH dead easy. Even outfits like Team Viewer and LogMeIn may use encryption. I saw some instructions once to use Terminal to use screen sharing over SSH; try searching for that.

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