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My ISP has the page below on his web site in connection with SSH Access. What is
SSH Access, why is it needed, and why is it apparently so easily abused?


1. You must define a business requirement. Stating that SSH access makes it
easier for you to do your job is understandable but is not a business

2. You must be willing to provide a fax or scanned copy of either your driver's
license or passport.

3. You must submit the IP address you are accessing our server from. This is
limited to a single IP address.

4. If SSH access is granted for a reseller account it will permit you access to
your reseller account and not that of your customers.

5. We are always more than happy to run a command on an as needed basis. Please
submit a ticket through the help desk for assistance.

This is our policy. It is non negotiable. Please don't ask us to make an
exception for you as the answer will be no.

We appreciate your understanding of our policy as we continually work to ensure
a safe and secure environment for all our customers.

Re: SSH Access

mcp6453 wrote:
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Sounds like a bunch of crap to me.  SSH just allows encrypted
connections; otherwise it is quite similar to telnet (although you can
use ssh tunnels, also).

I prefer ssh to telnet because of the security.  But IMHO there is no
reason for them to be running you through those hoops.  I'd be looking
for another hosting company.

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Jerry Stuckle
JDS Computer Training Corp.

Re: SSH Access

On Sat, 24 May 2008 08:05:07 -0400, Jerry Stuckle put finger to
keyboard and typed:

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My reading of it is that the hosting company is using "SSH" as a
synonym for "shell access" (which it effectively is, given that no
sensible host allows shell access by any other method), and the rules
are about when shell access will be allowed.

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A lot of budget web hosts don't normally allow shell access. Since a
lot of budget customers would have no idea what to do with it if it
was available, not supporting it loses very little business but saves
a lot of hassle.

I wouldn't use a host that didn't allow shell access, but then I'm not
typical of the type of customer that these companies are targetting
with their marketing.

Stuff, some of it good, at
"I feel dangerous 'cos I hunger for the truth"

Re: SSH Access

Mark Goodge wrote:
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That very well could be, Mark.  But if that's the case, it looks like
they don't know how to secure their own servers properly - and are
therefore making customers run through a lot of hoops.

I still wouldn't use them.

Remove the "x" from my email address
Jerry Stuckle
JDS Computer Training Corp.

Re: SSH Access

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Me too. If you need shell access, get a proper host that understands,
and allows it.


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