So After Watching That Remote Administration Video
Posted 30 November 2010 - 04:22 PM
Posted 30 November 2010 - 04:25 PM
In theory. There needs to be something exploitable on that port though.
If I open a port, can someone hack into the router and see what I'm doing?Having a port open is like installing a door or window into your house: best you can do is include a good lock with the installation and trust that the lock maker designed it to be difficult to open without the key.
Well, how can I do remote administration on Pandora and have it be secure, then?
In general, computer locks are pretty secure. At the very least it takes no small amount of time to hack a computer with some reasonable security on it. Combine that with the fact that no one really cares about what you do (I'm assuming no one would really care what you do, they're primarily focused on big companies where there's more challenge and payoff) and you should be able to rest easy in your relative safety.
You can do things to increase your security further. There's "honeypots": fake ports designed to be easily hacked but still look like a real computer on the other side to make the hacker think there's nothing there; non-standard ports, the computer equivalent of installing a secret passage under your house that only you know about unless the hacker spends a lot of time looking for it. There are third party programs you can install that will monitor your open ports and will send alerts if it notices any activity: sometimes it'll just be you logging in, but that one time you were in class and you get an alert...
The media likes to spread fear of "hackers", but most of the security breaches I've seen recently were companies not doing what they should have, or employees doing something they shouldn't have. Never plug an unknown USB stick into your computer, for example.
Generally just a small bit of security will stop people,
They wont waste hours trying to get into a system they arent sure there is valueble things in,
Having said that for the time required to do a decent job of securing a network spending a hour setting up keys and such would be time well spent
Posted 30 November 2010 - 06:38 PM
I don't know half of the terms in this thread. Is there a "for dummies" guide out there on port opening AND configuring the Pandora to network with my computer?
i suggest you google them first, learn a bit about the terms, how to open ports (must have your router brand/model), pick a server application (RealVNC or TightVNC). Don't be lazy!
on the Pandora side, just use Remmina for VNC and be happy