networking between fedora and macos

Scot L. Harris webid at
Sun Jan 16 06:06:11 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-01-16 at 00:56, Jeff Vian wrote:

> FTP ?
> Maybe set up ftp server on one or both and then use one of the many ftp
> clients to connect and transfer the files. Wget will also work for that,
> as will rsync if you are interested in making exact copies. 

I advise against using ftp to move files over a wireless network.  Worst
case is if you are not use wep then your passwords are in the clear on
the air waves for anyone that happens to be sniffing to see.  Even if
you are using wep someone could have monitored your network long enough
to break the wep key (assuming the key is not changed very often if at
all) and again will see your passwords passed in the clear.

I always recommend using ssh and scp or another encryption method over
wireless that is relatively immune from cracking.  You never can tell
what that kid next door is spending his time doing, he could be trying
to crack into your wireless network.  If you are are using an encrypted
connection (ssh, scp) then the worst case is that he may try and use
your bandwidth to the Internet but hopefully won't get the passwords to
your systems when you transfer files around.

Of course you are left with the problem of him getting your pop3 or imap
passwords to your ISP accounts but that is a totally different
question/problem. :)

Scot L. Harris
webid at

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