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paul wheaton
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I'm now doing most of my e-mail from work. All through yahoo.
Yahoo has regularly had some issues that bug me, but right now the big thing is security. Apparently, the company I work for now sniffs packets. That just gives me the heebie jeebies.
I'm thinking it might be nice to sign up with a web based mail client that offers SSL connections.
Anybody know of anything like this?
 
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nevermind. I just found out that https is blocked.
 
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Man, that sounds paranoid.
Can you not use your virtual computer stuff from your distributed pairing thread to read secure mail from another (home?) machine? Or an ssh session to a remote unix box?
 
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The other pair was VPN'd into the network.
I'm going to just get by with what I have. At least with yahoo I can try to spot porn e-mail and delete it before I open it.
 
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Try Hotmail it offers Secure Socket Layer Connection
 
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Kinda thinking about this again. It seems kinda scary that I do so much of my e-mail through yahoo and it isn't secure. By now there must be something better. Maybe something where I use https when it is not blocked and use http when it is?

Anybody have suggestions?
 
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GMail does HTTPS. I like GMail.
 
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cygwin + internet enabled machine you control + ssh + local proxy.

There are articles on the web for this but basically, let's assume that you have a machine on the web that you have control of (i.e. one behind a DSL at home (let's call it wheaton, and it's assumed to be Linux).

a) Configure apache to be a local proxy on wheaton :


563 1863 5050 are for news? yahoo and MSN.
21 22 23 25 443 are, FTP, ssh, telnet, sendmail, https

The rest are just my own random ports that some of my work stuff runs on.


b) Get cygwin on your windows machine (this is actually optional but I always get cygwin if I'm working on windows), and you run



c) Setup your browser of choice so that you are using a proxy server, with the proxy settings being host=localhost, port=8887

Ta-da - you now have a secure connection which your company can't sniff, but the ISP provider for wheaton can - so still, you have to beware that pron.

There is stuff, that I've missed out for the sake of brevity, such as configuring sshd to listen on a different which is allowed by your company, using their proxy-server to piggy back your ssh (http://zippo.taiyo.co.jp/~gotoh/ssh/connect.html)
[ November 23, 2005: Message edited by: Lewin Chan ]
 
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