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Explanation of SSH (Secure Shell Access)

SSH (Secure Shell) is a network protocol providing an encrypted connection between two computers. SSH is primarily used to gain shell (command line) access to a remote Unix or Linux system.

Simply put, SSH will allow you to run commands on a Linux system located elsewhere, using your own personal computer (or device).

Linux systems differ from Windows systems in that they do not necessarily come with a GUI (Graphical User Interface). A GUI provides you with buttons, a desktop, icons and primarily using the mouse in addition to the keyboard like what you may be used to on a Windows system. The Linux packages offered by 1&1 do not come installed with a GUI and therefore rely solely on the use of a keyboard and a command line (or Shell) to complete tasks. SSH allows you to connect from your Windows, Macintosh, or Linux system to our Linux packages to perform tasks or transfer data securely.

SSH is only available with the Linux Business and Linux Developer hosting packages offered by 1&1.

SSH is also set up for all Linux VPS, dedicated and Dynamic Cloud Servers.