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How to run an SSH connection through Tor

Looking for a way to gain a bit more security and privacy for your SSH connections? Jack Wallen shows you how with the help of Tor.

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SSH is, by design, a fairly secure means of gaining shell access to remote machines. However, there are always ways to eke out a bit more security and privacy from these connections.

One such method is with the help of Tor. With Tor, you can add a level of anonymity and even hide your services from prying/hacking eyes.

I’m going to walk you through the process of making SSH connections over Tor. The process isn’t terribly difficult so anyone that administers SSH should be able to make this work.

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What you’ll need

I’ll be demonstrating on two Ubuntu server machines, but the process will work with just about any Linux distribution. You’ll also need

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Graduation Gift Guide: Cool gifts for college and high school grads

Find the top tech gifts, gadgets and gear for graduates, whether they’re finishing up high school or heading to their first job.

The tough part is done. We’ve found the best gifts for the high school and college graduates in your life so you don’t have to do the shopping. 

Here’s a roundup of the coolest gift ideas in a range of prices, to suit everyone from your favorite gamer ready to relax this summer, to the outdoorsy type who wants to hike around the world, the tech-focused student who is continuing their studies, or the business minded grad headed to their first serious job.

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The Totallee UV phone sanitizer disinfects your phone with the push of a button. It uses dual

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Developers who stand out bring both technical skills and life experiences to the job

Coder, bootcamp founder, CEO and former family therapist, Dave Hoover offers tips to help developers stand out in a crowded job market and explains why companies should focus on growing talent from within.

In this episode of
Dynamic Developer
, I talk with Dave Hoover about how you learn the skills to become a developer, and how companies build dev teams with the right skills for today and tomorrow. Dave is not only founder and CEO of Red Squirrel, a custom software development firm, he is also a coder, author, and co-founder of Dev Bootcamp. The following is an edited transcript of our interview.

From family therapist to software developer

Bill Detwiler: So you know before we talk about what skills developers should have when they want to get into the development field, or talking about companies and how they develop a team with the right skills for today

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Plan to use Zoom outside of the US? Be ready for latency

A report found there are latency problems for Zoom users outside the US.

London-based network testing firm SamKnows has released a report detailing why Zoom users in the UK and elsewhere are experiencing latency issues: Zoom calls, no matter where they originate, are being routed through the US. In its study of latency issues in major video conferencing apps, SamKnows found that most of the platforms–Webex, Google Meet, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, and Skype–ran with latency in the 20-30 millisecond range. The one exception to the typical low-latency response times of the apps surveyed was Zoom, which averaged 135 milliseconds of latency regardless of hour of the day it was tested.

“We found that this was true for every country that we tested from–not just the UK. Zoom are currently relaying all audio/video traffic via their servers in the US, regardless of the country the user is located

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How to host a meeting and invite others in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a full-featured collaboration suite, and some of its tools are in less-than-obvious places. Learn how to start a meeting in Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams has stepped up its competition with Zoom since the latter has fallen from grace thanks to security problems.
Microsoft Teams
is far more than just a video conferencing app, though: It’s a full-featured collaboration platform that includes chat, wikis, VoIP, app integration, and other tools. All of those additional features mean that some of the most basic tools remote workers need are a bit hidden behind different layers of buttons and menus that aren’t the most obvious or intuitive.

If you’ve been confused about how to start a meeting, and invite participants, in the free version of Microsoft Teams (not a call—those are more like a Skype call), these steps can help. Note: The free tier of Microsoft Teams doesn’t offer meeting

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Employee surveillance: With everyone working from home, you have to learn to trust your teams

The abrupt transition to remote work has some leaders looking to surveillance tools to monitor their employees. If you think this is a good idea, you’re probably wrong.

I’ve long found the topic of whether human beings are by nature fundamentally good or fundamentally evil an interesting cocktail party conversation. A microcosm of this enduring debate is whether managers who can no longer “shoulder surf” their teams in the relatively controlled environment of company office buildings assume they are diligently and productively working away from home, or shirking all responsibility and binge watching The Real Housewives of Paducaville while eating bonbons on the company dime. This is more than just an existential debate, since managers are tasked with running productive teams, and any perceived lack of performance could adversely affect their position and pay.

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Technology companies, as they

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