Re: Re Netiquette 80

Eric Watt Forste (
Fri, 01 Oct 1999 12:12:22 -0700

Apparently Lee Daniel Crocker writes:
> Telnet defunct? That's a surprize to me--

I used to use vi and telnet also, but I have switched from relying on telnet to relying on ssh because telnet has the fatal flaw of transmitting passwords in the clear. The password is sent one letter per packet, but with a good filtering packet sniffer, it is not so difficult to reassemble the packets.

ssh is available from

If you're not a security expert, get ssh1 instead of ssh2, as there are some interoperability hassles between the two and ssh1 is still much more popular. (The machine you are trying to reach will need to be running sshd, the secure shell daemon, but most professional sysadmins do so nowadays because they don't want their boxes cracked any more than you want your account cracked.)

Eric Watt Forste <>