Using Shell Services
A shell account is a powerful way to use Web Hosting services. It gives you maximum flexibility when performing tasks such as developing and debugging your web site, and reading e-mail.
When connecting to Arlyle Consulting systems to use your shell account, there are two ways you can do so: telnet and ssh (Secure SHell). Arlyle Consulting recommends that you use ssh to use your shell account. ssh conducts all communications between your system and our servers in a secured manner. This means all data flowing between your system and our systems are encrypted, so others on the Internet cannot eavesdrop into your session and perhaps capture sensitive information, such as passwords. Telnet, on the other hand, sends everything "in the clear". This means that none of the data sent back and forth in a telnet session is encrypted, and may easily be observed by someone intending to do harm.
When selecting which method to use to connect to your shell account, another factor to consider is the operating system you use. Below are the different scenarios for the most popular operating systems today.
Microsoft Windows (any version)
All versions of Microsoft Windows 95 and later come with telnet. To use
telnet, follow these steps:
- Click the "Start" button.
- Select "Run".
- Type "
- Click "OK".
Microsoft does not currently ship ssh with Windows. You must acquire a program which handles ssh. Van Dyke Software sells a program (SecureCRT) that is feature rich, and performs very well. You can also go to CNET's Download.com, and look for TeraTerm, a program which is free to use.
Apple Mac OS
With the Unix functionality that comes with MacOS X, Apple includes both
telnet and ssh with it's latest operating system. To use
either, you must launch the "Terminal" program. To do this:
- Open a Finder window.
- Click on "Applications".
- Look for the "Utilities" folder, and open it.
- Look for "Terminal", and open it.
After you launch "Terminal", you then type "telnet shell.arlyle.com" or "ssh [username]@shell.arlyle.com" at the prompt to launch telnet or ssh, respectively.
OpenSSH is a standard part of most Unix and Linux distributions available today. If you find that your particular distribution does not include ssh, you may go to http://www.openssh.org/, and download the OpenSSH package.