[lug] Advice sought: should I use SSH or not?

Hugh Brown hugh at vecna.com
Thu Apr 19 11:31:52 MDT 2001

It sounds like all of your connections are outbound and that the
receiving end is not ssh enabled.  If that is the case, there isn't any
point to using ssh.

ssh is advantageous when you have incoming connections or when the
destination supports it.


B O'Fallon wrote:
> Hello,
> I have been debating whether or not to use SSH for my stand-alone home
> system and am seeking (free) advice.
> My use where SSH might be of value include:
>     --- I use TELNET to log into the local library, and I don't think
> they use SSH. The information exchanged is my name, phone number and
> library card.
>     --- For downloads, I use Netscape under XWindows and take either
> the http or ftp download depending upon which is offered.
>     --- I do not need to log in to my system remotely, nor do I run
> TELNET or FTP as services on the system -- I run only the clients when
> needed.
> I also understand that there is a way of using SSH and Xwindows that
> is more secure than just using Xwindows alone.
> With these types of use, would it be worthwhile to go thorough the
> hassle of installing, configuring and using SSH? How much security
> would I gain by it?
> --
> B. O'Fallon
> bof at americanisp.net
> Thinkers prepare the revolution, bandits carry it out.
> --- Anonymous
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