Secure Your Wireless Connection

Walking down to the busy street in Kuala Lumpur, you can connect to several wireless access point which offer by TMNet, Time, Maxis, Airzed and etc. But do you know that your connection packet can be sniffed by hacker who sitting next to you and grab your username password that access to webmail, blog and etc(if it’s without https/smtps/pop3 connection).

I will provide you some basic knowledege setting up secure wireless connection with SSH tunneling; The requirements are;

  • a server access connection
  • putty ssh software
  • laptop with wireless card (dumbass, of course you need one)

In putty setup, fill in Host Name, Port, Protocol and assign a Saved Sessions name for the particular connection. Next, navigate to Connection > SSH > Tunnel. Fill in source port as a random no from 1-65547, may be 3313, you can leave Destination blank, select Dynamic and Auto for IP protocol. Save the session again, and you done for the setup.

Now, connect to your server and change your browser connection setting to Sock, port 3313. Surf the internet! and your connection is partially secured now.

Download PuTTY here.

India State: Linux In, MS Out ~

Kerala plans to replace Microsoft with Linux on high school computers.

Microsoft is being shunned in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where 12,500 high schools are slated to switch to the free Linux operating system Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Kerala is currently ruled by a leftist coalition led by chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan, who is an advocate of open source.

The state is hardly turning to free software out of poverty, either. It has a 91 percent literacy rate and residents have a life expectancy of 73 years, rivaling figures in much of the developed world, according to the United Nations Development Programme.