SSH is a secure protocol for communicating with a remote computer. As a command-line tool, it acts as a secure alternative to telnet. As a file-transfer tool (Secure FTP, or SFTP), it acts as a secure alternative to ftp.
- An account on a Linux server
- An SSH client (look here if you don't already have one)
Starting an SSH session
- Start up your SSH client and create a new connection.
- Specify the host to be the server you have an account on.
- Specify the user to be your username on that server. This name is case-sensitive.
- If asked for a port number, you should choose 22.
- You should be asked for your password. After entering this, you should be presented with a command-prompt, at which you may begin typing Unix commands.
Ending an SSH session
At the command line, simply type "
exit". Close your SSH client if it is still open.