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SSH is a standard for remote logins and file transfer over the Internet. It encrypts all traffic, and provides a high level of protection against hacker attacks. Main features of SSH include secure remote logins, terminal emulation, fully integrated secure file transfers, secure tunneling of X11 traffic, and secure access to e-mail over the Internet.

There are many variants of SSH available. Here are a few:

  • SSH.com has a workstation client that's free for non-commercial use. Scroll down the page for the free version! Supports various Linux/Unix variants and Win95/98/NT4/2000.
    (thnx to Garrick Blalock for the tip!)

  • SSH Org has 'nix versions that are free for non-commercial use.

  • F-Secure (formerly Datafellows) has SSH clients for Windows, MacOS and Unix for about $120.

  • SecureCRT ($99 for single user license) handles many terminals (including VT100 and Linux), manages DSA/RSA keys, does port forwarding like it *ix bretheren, and has a built-in Zmodem send/receive implementation. [Thnx Joe Philipps!]

  • In general, you can find links to free versions of ssh at:
     http://www.freessh.org

  • For a Unix implementation of ssh that's free for everyone to use, check out OpenSSH at: http://www.openssh.com

  • PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 platforms (thnx to Jonathan Hoefker for the tip!)

If you're just looking for a free Terminal emulator and Telnet client that will run with SSH, try this tip from reader Rob Lockhart: 

Go here for TeraTerm:
http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA002416/teraterm.html

then use this SSH plugin for TeraTerm. I use it all the time and it works great (even does compression of streams!).

http://www.zip.com.au/~roca/ttssh.html

 

Got any others? Let us know!

 



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