Connecting via SSH

Why use SSH? Isn't telnet just fine?

Telnet is an powerful way to connect to the server using limited bandwidth. It provides full access to your shell account and is many users' preferred method of using tentacle.net.

Unfortunately, it has a serious flaw - all data that you send or receive, including your username and password, is sent unencrypted over the Internet. That means that anyone with access to the networks between you and the server can read that information. You may not care about this yourself, but the security of tentacle.net depends in part on keeping all users' passwords safe. That means that unauthorized people shouldn't be able to snoop your connections.

In order to prevent such access, you can encrypt all of the data going to and from tentacle.net. This can be done several ways, but the most common and easy-to-use replacement for telnet is SSH.

If you have a PC running Windows, click here for instructions.

If you have a Mac running OS X or higher, SSH is already built in. Start the Terminal application (in the Utilities folder on your system disk), and type:
ssh username@tentacle.net
where username is your login on tentacle.net.

The best way to connect is to use a standalone program, but if you don't want to download an SSH client, you can do it directly from a Java applet! Just click here to connect via SSH from your web browser.