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” (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.