Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Author: Tucker Goodrich Posted: 9/22/1999; 10:12:31 AM Topic: Desktop.com Msg #: 11347 (In response to 11345) Prev/Next: 11346 / 11348
From what I've read, the protocol is not encrypted, so someone could theoretically grab the protocol and "look over your shoulder." The authors suggest using some other protocol (SSH) to encrypt the stream. They have a reasonable argument for leaving better security out of VNC, which makes a lot of sense for UNIX, less for other platforms. If you're worried about this, it's covered in the FAQ on the site...
Since the VNC server (that part that serves the desktop) requires a password to access, the usual caveats about passwords apply.
The WinVNC server is slower than the others (on Linux it blazes) since the authors don't have the source, and have to guess at how certain things operate. It's certainly usable.
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