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What is SSH and how does it apply to Data Storage and Servers?

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What is SSH?

What are some of the tools needed for SSH and how to use?

SSH is an abbreviation for secure shell

Secure Shell is an internet standard for establishing secure end to end (client to server) connection through insecure networks such as the intranet or the world wide web. It implements superior encryption methods aided by the use of complex algorithms to ensure secure connections. SSH has developed to be a default protocol for client-server Client-Server SSHconnections on most operating systems implemented on web servers with the exclusion of windows server operating system.

How does SSH work?

Secure shell works by using symmetric and asymmetric encryptions, hashing algorithms and password options to secure data exchange and communication between the server and the client.

Encryption makes use of public and private keys to secure connections. SSH develops a set of keys private and public to be used to authenticate communication. The idea of the public key authentication option is to have a public key configured on the server. Thereafter users (clients) with a matching private key are granted access to the server. Hashing algorithms are implemented to further encrypt the data such that the data communicated between the server and the client remains secure and its integrity assured.

To further secure a connection, SSH implements password options for remote logins. This is to for further authentication for users especially over sensitive information systems thereby keeping at bay any malicious attempts on a network or server. As it is for all cases, only users with matching passwords are granted access to the main server.

What are the typical uses of SSH?

SSH has proven to be worthy and dependable especially in transferring files over a network as it creates a secure environment between the server and the client. It has come to be a widely preferred alternative for file transfer over other options such as FTP, which hardly uses any forms of encryptions putting data at the risk of being intercepted and easily decrypted by other parties.

SSH provides for strong encryption and authentication options, therefore, protecting the process of data communication and the data itself. It has developed to provide secure login options beating the traditionally preferred remote login and highly insecure telnet and login options.

Incorporate computer systems, SSH is implemented by network administrators to run remote commands, manage network infrastructure remotely and to implement automated file transfer over the network.
SSH can especially key when transferring data to CMS hosted on web servers and it’s highly encouraged that users implement it to ensure integrity and security of their data and operations.

 

What are some recommended tools for SSH access?

First and foremost and probably the most common tool to access your data using SSH is probably Puddy.

PuTTY (/ˈpʌti/) is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application. It supports several network protocols, including SCP, SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw socket connection. It can also connect to a serial port. ( reference Google )

To use Puddy, you must first download it and install it onto the local computer that you are using to access the environment.  For download, please click here.   Once downloaded and installed, enter the necessary IP address or domain name, with the correct credentials and select location, either root folder or granted access level.

Congratulations, you have now just accessed your web server using SSH accessing with the tool Puddy.

At Zosting.com, all of our dedicated servers are granted SSH root folder access.  For more information on our dedicated server packages, please click here.

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