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How to use Secure Shell
general information for all platforms

Secure Shell (SSH) is a secure way to access and manage your Linux shell account. TELNET is another (obselete) way to access your shell acount. NOTE: MartNet does not support TELNET connections because of potential security issues. (Security is something /we take very seriously around here...) SSH differs in that all communication between the client and the server is over a secure, meaning encrypted, channel. Encryption is supposed to be done in such a way that the sending party (usually you) can encode a message that the receiving party can understand, while anyone else who views it can only understand is as gobbledy-gook, to use a technical term.

To use SSH, you need to download an SSH Client program or use the SSH client that is part of the Martnet WebAdmin control panel. Note that for legal reasons most Operating Systems don't ship with an SSH client pre-installed, but there are many free and commercial SSH Clients available. It is up to you to decide which SSH Client you would like to use, but we have included links on this page to SSH Clients we use and recommend. Also note that some countries (ie: France, Russia) have laws prohibiting the use of any encryption technology, including SSH.


SSH for Windows (all versions)
Martnet recommends using PuTTY for gaining access to your linux shell via SSH on the Windows operating system.

Download PuTTY here.


SSH for MacOS 9.2 and below
For Macintosh OS 9.2 and below systems we recommend Nifty Telnet / SSH

Download Nifty Telnet / SSH here.


SSH for MacOS X and higher
Macintosh OS X ships with SSH and has the built in Terminal application. This can be found in Applications>Utilities>Terminal

To connect via ssh, type this at the terminal prompt:
ssh -c 3des -2 -l USERNAME SERVERNAME -p 22


SSH for Linux/Unix
For all distributions of linux, Solaris, Ultrix, Irix, or any other Unix variant, we recommend OpenSSH

Click Here to go to theOpenSSH Web Site for source code, pre-compiled binaries, and general information..

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