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Re: Secure Email While traveling



On Thu, 2004-10-21 at 10:19, John Garmany wrote:
> I am looking at ways to both send and retrieve email while traveling.  
> Since I use hotel internet connections and public wireless connection, I 
> am looking at a way to secure the connection.  My traveling laptop is 
> windows.
> 
> My idea is this.
> 
> 1.  Connect using ssh to the Linux server with a couple of tunnels from 
> local ports to the mail ports. (25 Sendmail, 143 IMAP, 110 POP3)
> 2.  Point my email programs (Outlook for work, Thunderbird for 
> personnel) to the local ports connected to the tunnel
> 3.  Send and recieve mail.
> 
> This should encrypt the connection for the mail so that no one could 
> monitor my passwords or read my mail.
> 
> Also Sendmail will see me as a local user (I think) and relay out my mail.
> 
> Has anyone else tried this?  Am I missing something.  Is there an easier 
> way.
> 
> When I travel I open the mail ports throught the firewall and they get 
> hit pretty hard.  Average about 50 failed attempts a day at logging on 
> as different users  (nobody, guest, etc).  This way I would only need to 
> open the ssh port.
> 
> John
> 

You're 100% on the money John - I do this all the time and it works
great.

Curtis


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