Secure Shell (SSH)

What is SSH?

SSH is a network protocol for secure data communication, remote shell services or command execution and other secure network services between two networked computers that it connects via a secure channel over an insecure network: a server and a client (running SSH server and SSH Client programs, respectively). The protocol specification distinguishes two major versions that are referred to as SSH-1 and SSH-2. More background is available at the SSH Wikipedia page


Using SSH on Macintosh

On Macintosh OS X:

  1. Go to Utilities on your hard drive (HD).
  2. Open the Applications folder.
  3. Open the Terminal application to start the command prompt.
  4. Type “ssh username@cc.owu.edu” (without quotes and using your OWU username) then press Enter.
  5. It will ask for your password. This is the same password you use for BishopMail. Note: your keystrokes will not display on the screen.

Using SSH on WIndows

To use SSH on Windows you will need to download PuTTY. PuTTY is a free SSH client. It is a stand-alone executable, so it requires no installation.
Click here to download the PuTTY program:

  1. In the Host Name field enter ” (without quotes and using your OWU username).
  2. The connection type is SSH.
  3. Click Open.
  4. Be sure to accept the security the first time you connect.
  5. A new window will open. Type your password and press enter. This is the same as your email password. Note: your keystrokes will not display on the screen.