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ssh (Secure Shell)

The ssh command is used to connect from one Linux/UNIX/MacOSX computer to another securely. E.g. to connect to the machine ssh.maths you would type (replace CRSid by your login name)

ssh -X CRSid@ssh.maths.cam.ac.uk

ssh encrypts its traffic and uses public-key cryptography to prove the identity of the remote machine. It is therefore an improvement on the older commands telnet, rlogin and rsh, which should not be used and are very unlikely to be supported by modern computers. Using ssh also greatly simplifies running X applications remotely since it handles the forwarding of the X connection transparently (and securely).

Similarly, ftp is an insecure way of copying files and has largely been replaced by sftp and scp.

Windows does not come with ssh software installed but there are many ssh clients available for free download. We recommend PuTTY which is installed on the Maths Windows desktops. N.B. Graphical Linux applications cannot be launched from inside a PuTTY session - for this functionality please use WineX.