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Question: Can I telnet into my shell account?


The short answer is no. If you need shell access you will have to use SSH2. For more information on doing that, see the question How do I access my shell account using SSH2?

The problem with telnet is that sends everything over the Internet in plain text format. Therefore, any computer between your computer and server can capture the information. This includes your username, password and everything you see and do can be watched or even changed. Telnet is considered a high risk activity! There are better options.

There is a lot of really good software available that will allow you to SSH2. Some of it is cheap or even free. Perform a search on or and you will find quite a few choices. If you are using Mac OS X or higher or Linux / Unix then you already have the software you need. Windows users need to find a third party application.

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