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The SSH Benefits and Advantages You Should Know of

Posted by Alex on 03 04 2017.

Secured Shell, more commonly referred to simply as SSH, comes with plenty of nifty features, benefits, and advantages.

Through SSH, you can gain remote access to your hosting account. This protocol allows you to open a command prompt and run commands through another device without actually using the primary or original server. As you gain more knowledge on how to use SSH, like using basic commands, you will have the opportunity to manage accounts even more quickly than you used to for your cPanel, WHM, or Webmail interface.

The Reasons You Should Use SSH

There are plenty of good reasons you should start using SSH now. First off, is because doing so will give you more freedom to move throughout the file structure of your hosting account.

Then, there are the tasks you can do remotely, without having to use the main server, such as live logfile monitoring and tracking. For dedicated and VPS web hosting account holders, you can also use SSH to open or close services. Furthermore, it gives you the ability to conduct software installations on your account or even configure your databases on MySQL.

More of the SSH Advantages

The primary advantage of the SSH protocol is that it allows for data encryption even on unsecured connections. This means that malware and potential hackers or attackers will have the inability to gain unauthorized access to the sensitive information your account has, or more commonly, your log in credentials.

Using SSH, you can protect yourself from the following risks:

  1. Routing of a source of an IP source.

Although people normally use IP source routing for legal reasons like changing a network path when the original one fails, unscrupulous individuals can take advantage of this to make a device believe it is communicating to another device.

  1. Spoofing of DNS

A kind of hacking attack, DNS spoofing refers to the process of inserting data into a name server of a cache database’s Domain Name System (DNS). As a result, the name server returns a wrong IP address. Attackers often do this so they can divert traffic to another machine, and in many cases, their own computers. When they successfully complete the attack, they can then obtain sensitive and confidential information.

  1. Manipulation of Data

Attackers can perform data manipulation at objects like your routers as well as your networks. The intruder then either gets the data or changes it while travelling across the network route.

  1. Sniffing of Data Transmission

When you try to access your accounts via an unsecure connection, malicious individuals can attack you in a way wherein they can sniff or eavesdrop while the data transmission is underway. Through sniffing or eavesdropping, they can gather many different types of private data that they can use for their illegal activities.

  1. IP address spoofing

Last, but not the least, is IP spoofing. This refers to the process wherein an attacker generates packets that come along with forged source IP address. Through forging the source IP address, they can perform their illicit activities without revealing the real identity of the source computer as well as their location.