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SSH Connections

SSH is a secure method of accessing your shell account. Simple Telnet is not supported for security reasons, because Telnet sessions are not encrypted. Encrypted connections are achieved through the SSH protocol.

SSH provides secure communication over an unsecure channel by encrypting the data channel using the cipher algorithm (3DES, DES, RC4) selected for the session by the user.

In simple words, SSH is just a secure option of Telnet and virtually the same, it's just a different protocol.

To use this feature you will need a proper SSH client with the ability to access this feature.

A great freeware SSH client is PuTTY from Simon Tatham:
Download PuTTY (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP on Intel x86) | MAC users click here

Connecting to your virtual server with PuTTY through SSH is very easy. Really!! :-))

We will provide step by step instructions below.
After downloading the file, you have to execute the program with a doubelclick on putty.exe

You will get the screen below:

Putty Configuration

  1. The Host Name box is where you type the name, or the IP address, of the server you want to connect to.
    The Port box lets you specify which port number on the server to connect to. If you select SSH, this box will be filled in automatically to the usual value, and you will not need to change it.
  2. The Protocol radio buttons let you choose what type of connection you want to make: a raw connection, a Telnet connection, or an SSH connection.
  3. Hit the Open button to initiate your SSH connection to the server.

After clicking the Open button you will get the screen below:

  1. You are prompted for the login. Enter your domain name without the extension. Example: "yourname", without the quotes when you have a domain name yourname.com. Hit Enter.
  2. Enter your account password and hit Enter. If the login was successful you can now execute commands on your server.

 

For more infos and additional help setting up other features refer to the PuTTY docs.
Click here for PuTTY's documentation
Please note that it is not yet complete. Nevertheless, it's available to the public as a work in progress.

The precise licence text, as given in the About box and in the file LICENCE in the source distribution, is as follows:

PuTTY is copyright 1997-2000 Simon Tatham.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL SIMON TATHAM BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.


A more sophisticated SSH client can be found here:
Secure CRT (no Freeware!!)


SSH for Macintosh users

There is also a good freeware SSH client for Mac users available:

Nifty Telnet 1.1 SSH
File size: 560K

Main web page of Nifty SSH: http://www.lysator.liu.se./~jonasw/freeware/niftyssh/

 

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