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Connect using Secure Shell

You can configure Secure Shell connections when you need secure, encrypted communications between a trusted host and your PC over an insecure network. Secure Shell connections ensure that both the client user and the host computer are authenticated; and that all data is encrypted. Passwords are never sent over the network in a clear text format as they are when you use Telnet, FTP, or rlogin.

Note: Secure Shell connections are available for VT terminal sessions.

To configure a secure terminal session using Secure Shell

  1. From the Quick Access toolbar, click the New Document button.
  2. From the Create New Document dialog box, select a session template and click Create.
  3. Under Connection, select Secure Shell.

    Note: When you select Secure Shell, the Port value changes to 22, which is the standard port for Secure Shell connections. If you need to connect to a different port, see Configure Secure Shell Settings.

  4. In the Host Name/IP Address field, type a name or address.
  5. In the User name field, type your user name.
  6. Click OK.

Note: Host authentication enables the Secure Shell client to reliably confirm the identity of the Secure Shell server. This authentication is done using public key authentication. If the host public key has not previously been installed on the client, the first time you attempt to connect you see a message indicating that this is an unknown host. This message includes a fingerprint that identifies the host. To be sure that this is actually your host, you should contact the host system administrator who can confirm that this is the correct fingerprint. Until you know that the host is actually your host, you are at risk of a "man-in-the-middle" attack, in which another server poses as your host. Click Always to add this host to your known hosts list. Once the host key is added to this list, Reflection can authenticate the server without requiring user confirmation, so you won't see the unknown host prompt again.

Related Topics

Configure Secure Shell Settings

Connect Using Secure Shell (FTP Client)

Managing Host Keys