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Re: Secure Email While traveling

Am Do, den 21.10.2004 schrieb John Garmany um 18:19:

> 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.

Yes, that would be a secure way. You only would have to always
reconfigure your mail client to use localhost:port as the mail server
address (SMTP/POP3/IMAP).

> This should encrypt the connection for the mail so that no one could 
> monitor my passwords or read my mail.

Yes, even if the hotel wireless connection is not secured against
sniffing you have secure SSH tunnels.

> Also Sendmail will see me as a local user (I think) and relay out my mail.

Sendmail will see a relay attempt from localhost and will permit it.

> Has anyone else tried this?  Am I missing something.  Is there an easier 
> way.

I did so in the past.

A different way would be to use webmail on your server. Force webmail to
only handle HTTPS and you have encryption too. I am running this with
Horde/IMP and it is very comfortable if you are travelling around. You
just need a browser.

> 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.

Relay attempts are pretty normal if you run an MTA. I think the nobody,
guest etc. attempts you see are the login attempts with SSH we nearly
all face since some month.

> John


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