Remote administration of any system should be considered a potential anonymity hazard, since it is not under the user's physical protection and could be compromised. Although counter-intuitive, it is necessary to follow all relevant recommendations in the Surfing Posting Blogging chapter to stay safe:
- Beware of Keystroke and Mouse Fingerprinting.
- Beware of Stylometry.
- Beware of difficulties in paying anonymously, see Money.
- Perhaps by tunneling VNC through SSH;
- Running VNC through a Tor Onion Service;
- Using both SSH and an Onion Service, for stronger encryption and authentication; or
- Onion Services Authentication.
It is suggested to utilize software that does not require the User Datagram Protocol (UDP), for the following reason.
It is possible to remotely administer any operating system with GNU/Linux by using the Remmina [archive] desktop client. Remmina supports multiple network protocols, including RDP, VNC, SPICE, NX, XDMCP, SSH and EXEC. For an overview of Remmina features, see here [archive].
Note there are two separate Debian packages:
remmina: the main GTK+ application.
remmina-plugins: a set of plugins to support various network protocols.
Please contribute by helping to create full working instructions in Whonix! See: add user documentation for Remote Administration, Keystroke Fingerprinting, Stylometry [archive].
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