How to connect to the Unix host

Secure Methods

The secure equivalent of telnet is ssh (secure shell). An ssh client will encrypt your communications with the remote server, protecting the information you exchange with that server. More importantly, it encrypts your username and password. If you use an insecure method like telnet or ftp, you run the risk of allowing hackers to "sniff" your password as you connect. With a secure connection method, password sniffing is impossible. Whenever you have a choice, always use a secure method to connect.

Most ssh clients also support something called scp (secure copy), which allows you to securely copy files from your computer to the server.

Use of these client programs depends on the server you are connecting to; the server must ALSO be running a ssh daemon program to encrypt communications on the server side. If you try one of these clients and it doesn't work, it may be that the server isn't running an ssh daemon. (Complain to your sysadmin.)

For more info on ssh, click here.


SSH Clients
SCP Client


You can ssh out from your mac using the Terminal application (in Applications/Utilities). Launch a terminal window and type ssh -l remoteusername remotehostaddress. You may prefer a graphical client for file transfers; here are some options:

Insecure Methods

The following are insecure methods of connecting. Your username and password information (and everything you type while connected) are transmitted "in the clear", and are subject to being snooped on by hackers. It's dangerous and not recommended. If you want to connect securely, you should use one of the secure methods listed above.

From Windows:

From Macintosh: