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16-Jul-2012, 05:04 AM #1
Solved: SSH server and client on the same PC
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I want all incoming and outgoing data from my PC(Windows 7 ultimate) to be more secure, so I
I want to set up an SSH server on my Home PC using Cygwin, but I also want the SSH client to be on my PC. Is this possible, or do I need to have an external/second PC to act as the server? Also, if all my internet traffic goes through this SSH server, how will it affect my normal browsing? Will I have issues connecting to my regular websites (youtube, facebook, msn, yahoo, gmail, etc etc)?

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16-Jul-2012, 11:29 AM #2
No. You don't need to separate out the client and server functions of SSH. They can all be on the same box. As far as performance, it all depends on what is running on that PC. SSH by itself isn't all that resource intensive. If it does become an issue and you can't change other services running on the PC, you can step down the number of bits used for the encryption to lessen the computational load.
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16-Jul-2012, 11:37 AM #3
I don't understand how using SSH is going to "SECURE" your website connections to (youtube, facebook, msn, yahoo, gmail, etc etc).
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16-Jul-2012, 11:38 AM #4
Same question I had. But I'm assuming, it's acting as some sort of gateway or proxy.
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17-Jul-2012, 02:47 AM #5
@Squashman and zx10guy - Yes, I want it to act as a proxy server, but then again, the SSH server should be located on a different subnet than the Client right? also, 2 different computers then?
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17-Jul-2012, 07:40 AM #6
SSH is a server client technology. The connection isn't going to be protected once it leaves the SSH server and goes out to the Internet to browse YouTube, FaceBook, etc.....
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17-Jul-2012, 08:50 AM #7
the only data that will be secure is when it passes between your computer & the ssh server ( if that is on your computer then it is pointless), if it is on another computer on your network, it will only be encrypted between your computer & the other computer on your internal network

just use https for all the sites you list., You tube, google, facebook etc all have secure ( https options)
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