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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Useful Software: Bitvise WinSSHD, an easy to use SSH server which includes secure remote access

Bitvise WinSSHD is an easy to use SSH server which includes Secure remote access via console (vt100, xterm and bvterm supported), Secure remote access via GUI (Remote Desktop or WinVNC required), Secure file transfer using SFTP and SCP (compatible with all major clients) and Secure TCP/IP connection tunneling (port forwarding). If you're worried about security or want to harden your existing setup, then adding SSH on top of your RDP connection is the way to go. By default RDP is not entirely secure because the encryption it provides is only half-way meaning that it does not encrypt usernames and passwords. With SSH, you can encrypt the entire connection!

WinSSHD There are other SSH server's on the market, but they are very complex to set up. WinSSHD is free for individual/personal use and requires license purchase when used in a commercial environment. You can download it at http://www.bitvise.com/winsshd

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Useful Software: freeFTPd - free and most secure sFTP Server available

FTP by itself is very insecure. Passwords are sent in plaintext over the internet; there is no encryption. You can set up FTP with an SSL certificate, but it can be complicated. This is where sFTP comes in. sFTP is FTP encryped with an SSH layer. freeFTPd is a free sFTP server. It's very easy to set up the server, set up users, view logs etc. Its a lot more secure than FTP. To give you an example of how much more secure it is, the strongest SSL certificate is 256 bits. With SSH you can go all the way up to 4096 bits!

freeFTPd

freeFTPd is freeware and compatible with any Windows NT based system (eg. XP, Vista, 7, 2003, 2008). You can download it from http://www.freesshd.com/?ctt=overview


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