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How to log in to my account via SSH using PuTTY?

How to log in to my account via SSH using PuTTY?

PuTTY is a popular choice for a Windows SSH client. It is reliable, easy to use and free (open source).

In this article, we will describe a very basic PuTTY usage for a larger audience. If you are a SiteGround customer, check the links below for specific information on how to connect to your account via SSH:

How to log in to my SiteGround shared account via SSH using PuTTY

Here are the general steps you need to take to use PuTTY:

1. Install PuTTY and run it. Please use the latest version of PuTTY in order to ensure a successful connection via SSH. Note that older versions are known to have issues connecting.

2. Specify the IP address for your site and click ‘open’ to initiate the connection. You can leave all options to default. If this is the first time to connect to the server, you will have to accept its SSH certificate.

3. Specify root (if you have root access on your server) or your username.

4. Specify your password.

The above steps would allow you to log in an SSH server with a default setup.

To make it more secure, we at SiteGround have made additional tweaks such as changing the default SSH port, substituting password authorization with keys and many others.

Thus, if you are looking for a secure and reliable host, you can check our Web hosting plan.

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