Chapter 22. SSH, FTP, VPN, and Web Sharing

Chapter 22. SSH, FTP, VPN, and Web Sharing Email and Web surfing may be the most popular Internet activities, but the world's most gigantic network has many other uses. | Chapter 22. SSH FTP VPN and Web Sharing Email and Web surfing may be the most popular Internet activities but the world s most gigantic network has many other uses. The general idea is always the same though letting one computer reach out and touch another. Mac OS X offers a few features that embrace the more literal aspects of that notion. For example you can turn your Mac into a Web server an actual living Web site that anyone on the Internet can visit. This chapter also explores various advanced methods of manipulating your own Mac from the road including remote access technologies like long-distance file sharing FTP SSH and virtual private networking VPN . Note Most of these technologies are designed for full-time Internet connections cable modem or DSL for example . If you have a dial-up modem these features work only when you re actually online. Still they may occasionally be useful anyway. You could always get online call up a friend and say Check out my Web site right now here s the current IP address or call someone back home to say I have to grab a file off my hard drive. Could you make the Mac on my desk go online . Web Sharing Using the Sharing pane of System Preferences you can turn your Mac into a Web site or server accessible from the Web browsers of people on your office network the Internet at large or both. This feature assumes of course that you ve already created some Web pages. For this purpose you can use Web design programs Macromedia Dreamweaver for example or the free Netscape Composer or save documents out of TextEdit or Word as Web pages. Or you could let Mac OS X build Web pages for you using iPhoto or Image Capture. After you provide your friends and co-workers with your Mac s Website address they can view your Web pages graphics and documents in their own Web browsers. And whenever you re online your Web site is also available to any one on the Internet but you don t have to pay a penny to a Web-hosting company. UP TO SPEED The IP

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