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What is Putty and Where to Download?

SUMMARY: Download the Putty Telnet and SSH terminal software for Windows to remotely access computers over the Internet.

Putty allows Windows users to connect to remote systems over the Internet via Telnet and SSH.

While both Telnet and SSH allow you to connect to remote systems, SSH, supported in Putty, provides for a "Secure Shell", encrypting information before it is transferred. This way, it is harder for others to intercept passwords and other private information than if you were to just use Telnet.

(SSH is an Internet standard, supported by many computers that also support Telnet; contact your system administrator to find out if a computer you are currently accessing via Telnet supports the SSH protocol.)

Putty can be downloaded for Windows and Unix at the following address:


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