System Preferences Sharing – what is the default security setup?

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Hi
I have been searching for documentation about whether or not the services offered in System Preferences > Sharing is securely encrypted or not.
I know that the Remote Login is just SSH, and that is considered secure.
But what about Screen Sharing (VNC) and File Sharing (AFP)?

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You are right - naked file sharing over the internet is a bad idea.
However, you can set it up within an "SSH tunnel", which encrypts the data.
An overview of the general concept can be found here (http://www.securityfocus.com/infocus/1816). It is arcane (fun for some!) and uses a bit of command line magic, but it works.
Alternatively, you can use a service like "logmein", which does most of the heavy lifting for you.

October 11, 2015

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