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SSH access allows you to have 'command line access' to the server that houses your account. This allows you to have a secure, remote connection to your server and account. The SSH program allows you to use a password to connect, but it is easier and more secure to use SSH 'keys'. These keys are a type of cryptographic challenge and response that have many advantages. Shown below are a few ways to generate some SSH keys of your own:

For PuTTY Users

  1. Open the PuTTYgen application
  2. If you don't have PuTTYgen, you can download it from the PuTTY Download Page

  3. Select key type For 'Type of key to generate', select SSH-2 RSA
  4. Determine number of bits For 'Number of bits in a generated key', select 4096
  5. Determine number of bits Click Generate
  6. Click on Generate button Move your mouse pointer around in the Key section until the progress bar is full
  7. Optional: Type a comment into the Key comment section to help with identifying this SSH key pair
  8. Type key phrase Recommended: Type a secure passphrase into the Key passphrase field, and again into the Confirm passphrase field
  9. save keys Finally, click the Save public key, and also the Save private key buttons, and name your keys

For OS X / Linux Users

  1. Open Terminal from your Application list
  2. Type the following into the Terminal, and then hit Enter: ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096
  3. Press Enter again when you see a prompt saying something like "Enter file in which to save the key"
  4. When prompted, type a secure passphrase, and press Enter

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