As promised here is the second installment in my Window’s free tools segment. Today we will be talking about a freeware application that will let you connect to remote boxes using protocols such as SSH and Telnet. Putty also comes in handy for serial connections and more. For those old school users out there that used to rely on these protocols to do their work daily you will surely recognize the application. If you find yourself working on Linux or Unix systems this will come in very handy. You can paste code into the remote server by simply copying it and then right clicking in the connected Putty window. This is a huge help in typing in commands from instructions. Do you have another favorite Windows based Telnet / SSH application? If so we would love to hear about it in the comments below.
From the author’s website:
PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an
xtermterminal emulator. It is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham.
The latest version is beta 0.60.
LEGAL WARNING: Use of PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP and Plink is illegal in countries where encryption is outlawed. I believe it is legal to use PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP and Plink in England and Wales and in many other countries, but I am not a lawyer and so if in doubt you should seek legal advice before downloading it. You may find this site useful (it’s a survey of cryptography laws in many countries) but I can’t vouch for its correctness.
Use of the Telnet-only binary (PuTTYtel) is unrestricted by any cryptography laws.
You can grab the free download here.