Top Ten Secure Shell FAQs

    Date28 Jan 2001
    CategoryCryptography
    3387
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    SSH, the Secure Shell, is a set of protocols and software that provide secure, remote terminal sessions between networked computers. In addition to a simple remote command prompt, most SSH implementations also provide secure forwarding of X Window traffic as well . . . SSH, the Secure Shell, is a set of protocols and software that provide secure, remote terminal sessions between networked computers. In addition to a simple remote command prompt, most SSH implementations also provide secure forwarding of X Window traffic as well as forwarding of connections to arbitrary TCP ports. These features can protect otherwise insecure protocols such as POP, IMAP, SMTP, and so on. An SSH session applies cryptographically assured privacy and integrity protection as well as mutual authentication to the data passing through it. Used properly, SSH is an extremely valuable tool that helps users more safely navigate today's Internet and helps system administrators secure their networks or perform remote administration.

    Because of its flexibility--as well as the existence of multiple implementations for various operating systems with differing features and limitations--newcomers to SSH frequently have lots of questions.

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