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    Exclamation SSH (Secure Shell) Vs. Telnet

    What is better? How different are they. Does SSH operate by still typing Telnet in my Command prompt? Or SSH Web Based? Please help the confused. Thanks.

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    SSH is definately better because it's much more secure. In order to use it, you just get a special program made just for SSH. Do a search on google.com and you'll find several. I personally like on called puTTy. Functionality wise, you really won't notice much as it works about like telnet.

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    Thanks. Can you tell me why is it more secure? How?

    Thanks.

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    SSH basically is more secure because it encrypts the messages sent and received... unlike when you use an insecure Telnet where your password is sent in the open, unencrypted, SSH encrypts your password, together with any other messages you may send down the pipe...

    a SSH FAQ -> http://www.tigerlair.com/ssh/faq/ssh-faq-1.html#ss1.1

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    I see now. Thanks a lot!

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    the security is between your computer and whatever you're connecting to. By using SSH is makes it harder for people to 'listen in' on what you're doing and snag things like apsswords etc.

    I personally use SecureCRT fron Vandyke. Very nice bit of software, though I've heard good things about putty

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    openssh

    depending on your platform you might want to look at
    OpenSSH
    They do alot of development with the protocol, and although there is some tension with the creators of SSH, they do some excellent work.

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    Just adding a little fear and loathing. Every time you use telnet or ftp, you're sending you password in clear text over the Internet. If someone is sniffing a network between you and the web server, they can grab your login details.

    For a good alternative to ftp (on Windows) recommend WinSCP:

    http://winscp.vse.cz/eng/download.php

    Version 2, though in development, has always worked fine for me.

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    In addition to the link suggested by trickie, check the history page there, ...this is a nice poster from openbsd folks:

    https://https.openbsd.org/images/poster2.jpg

    telnet
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    Originally posted by HarryF

    For a good alternative to ftp (on Windows) recommend WinSCP:

    http://winscp.vse.cz/eng/download.php

    Version 2, though in development, has always worked fine for me.
    if you're willing to fork out a little cash, CuteFTP Pro offers SFTP too and has a pretty sleek and functional interface...


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