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Discussion in 'Networking' started by lisag, Jan 1, 2002.

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  1. lisag

    lisag Thread Starter

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    I have something on my computer called VNC. I downloaded it awhile back. Its some sort of program that lets people connect to my computer. Is this safe to have? Can they connect without my knowing it? Should I take it off?
     
  2. 0x29a

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    Hi lisag,

    VNC is very similar in function to PCAnywhere. It allows a user to completely control your machine depending how it has been configured. We use it at work all the time. There are two parts: the client portion on my local machine that is used to connect to a server portion that resides on the machine I want to connect to. The server portion won't run until you have set a password for incoming connections. Someone would need to know your IP address or hostname, and password to connect to you. Still, if you have no need to allow access to your machine then I would definitely remove it.

    Good luck,

    andrew
     
  3. lisag

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    I downloaded it because the owner of another computer help site would take over my computer and fix all my problems for me, but I am here now more than there, so I really don't need it anymore and because of some personal problems I won't ask him for help any more. He does have my name and password but I also did had to find my IP address each time he connected because it changes each time I connect to the internet and I would have to turn it on from my side first. I was just wondering if he could turn it on some how and me not know about it but I see he can't so, thanks!

    Lisa
     
  4. TechGuy

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    Also, if you didn't know, you can easily tell when there's someone connected. That white "vnc" next to your clock will turn black when you're not alone. :)
     
  5. lisag

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    Thanks TechGuy,

    I did know that it turned black but with all the shortcuts and tricks that can be done with a computer I didn't know if it could be turned on and me not know about. If there was some trick I figured one of you guys might know about it. I think I'm just going to remove it though.
     
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