Make SSH do more

    Date15 Apr 2001
    CategoryCryptography
    3684
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    However, most people simply connect via SSH, enter their passwords, and type away. They don't realize that SSH has advanced key-management features that allow them to avoid having to retype their passwords; that its port-forwarding options can secure other, normally insecure, . . . However, most people simply connect via SSH, enter their passwords, and type away. They don't realize that SSH has advanced key-management features that allow them to avoid having to retype their passwords; that its port-forwarding options can secure other, normally insecure, packages; and that they can employ little tricks in SSH that would make their lives easier.

    One major benefit of SSH, besides the obvious advantage of cryptographically secure connections, is that it allows you to log on to a server without ever having to type your password. You do have to type a password (only once -- but we'll get to that in a minute), but it doesn't have to be the password for your account on the server, and it will be the same password for every system to which you log in. That is possible through the magic of authentication via cryptographic keys.

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