MandrakeUser.org: SSH provides encrypted and authenticated network connections. [Tutorial]Jul 14, 2000, 12:18 (0 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Tom Berger for this link. ]
"The traditional network services like ftp, pop or telnet are convenient but inherently unsafe, since they all make you send a password and data in clear text over an increasingly unsafe network. It is almost a no-brainer to intercept these services and copy transferred data. Furthermore the authentication of the server is weak: the services are open to so-called 'man-in-the-middle' attacks, where an intruder pretends to be the server and thus receives all data the client is sending."
"Enter SSH (Secure SHell). By using SSH, you encrypt the traffic and you can make 'man-in-the-middle' attacks almost impossible. It also protects you from DNS and IP spoofing. As a bonus, it offers the possibility to compress the traffic and thus make transfers faster. SSH is a very versatile tool: not only does it replace telnet, you can also 'tunnel' services like ftp, pop and even ppp via it."
"SSH implementations exist for almost all major operating systems."
"The original SSH has been developed by a Finnish company. Due to copyright restraints and patented algorithms, the Free Software world now uses OpenSSH, a free SSH workalike."