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How to connect to a server using SSH

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Once you have purchased your Virtual Private Server, you will have to learn how to access it. It is easily avaiable in two main ways. First, you can connect to your Server using a Control Panel software solution, if such is installed on your machine. In case, however, that you have not purchased a Control Panel solution because you simply do not need one, you can always connect to the Server via the SSH Protocol. It is an advanced, secure telnet solution, which provides a tunnel connection between two dedicated machines from the same or from different networks. Of course, there are Windows, Linux and Mac-specific software solutions of such kind.

For Windows:

Download the PuTTY executable file from: (

Once you have downloaded it, you will not need to install it, as it is a standalone product. Start the program. You will see that you can specify the destination you want to connect to from the Host Name (or IP Address) field. Type in either the host name (, for example) or the IP Address of the Server in order to connect to it. Leave the SSH protocol checked and click on 'Open'. You will be prompted for a username and a password. Type in root and the password you have set up for your VPS Server. Once your user/password are accepted, you will successfully connect to the Server and an SSH session will be opened for your connection!

For Linux:

SSH (Secure Shell) is the secure way to connect over the Internet. A free version of SSH, called OpenSSH, is available as the ssh package in Debian. Assuming that you already have installed OpenSSH, just open a Terminal and type in:

ssh username@hostname.domain.ext


ssh username@ipaddress

You will be prompted to add the IP Address/Host Name to the allowed and known hosts list. Type in: yes and continue by typing in your password.

For Mac:

You can also use OpenSSH with Mac and pull up a Terminal to write the command that is resembling the Linux one. However, if you'd like to open multiple SSH screens at once and do not want to keep typing your passphrase to unlock the same private key half a dozen times in a row, you will have to go for an SSH client such as RBrowser. You can check the SSH Agent for Mac here at Note that you will still need the OpenSSH client in order to run this GUI application!

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