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I'm pretty much a Linux beginner, but this question has been on my mind. What's the simplest, most secure way to connect to my computer at home from work or from the library, &c? I'm running Mint 14. I'd like to connect from a Win or Linux setup.

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ALSO is there an option to connect if you can't install software on the computer you're connecting from? Is there a browser solution?

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Use openssh. Putty on windows. –  jordanm Dec 8 '12 at 21:52
    
Would you like to have access to your desktop graphical user interface or just shell access? –  gertvdijk Dec 8 '12 at 21:53
    
Shell access will do, but an example of both situations would be great. –  Korgan Rivera Dec 8 '12 at 21:57
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The safest way to log in to your Linux box would be through SSH, with password authentication disabled, key authentication enabled. PuTTY is an excellent Windows tool to access Linux machines over SSH.

For X applications you have to add an X-server (like Xming or VcXsrv) on your Windows machine and enable X-tunneling in PuTTY for it.

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If you want to connect in CLI mode, see jippie answer.

If you want to connect by GUI, I recommend you to take a look to freenx. It uses ssh in the background.

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For GUI you can also use vncviewer to connect to a remote VNC server, possibly tunneling the connection through ssh. x11vnc can be used on the remote side to export a currently running X11 session.

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