Ssh (Secure Shell) is a program used for logging onto a remote machine or for executing commands on a remote machine. It provides secure encrypted communications between two hosts over an unsecured network. X11 connections and arbitrary TCP/IP ports can also be forwarded over the secure channel.

Keypair Authentication

You will need to upload public keys for each device you wish to use to connect to the CS department.  You can upload keys to your CS website profile page.

The first time you log in to ssh, after entering the passphrase associated with your ssh key, you will need to enter your University password and do Duo 2-factor authentication. On subsequent logins, you will only need to enter the key passphrase (until you change your University password).

Detailed Step-by-Step Guides

Windows instructions

Mac OS X/Linux instructions

Android instructions


If you've followed the directions here, looked at the detailed instructions, and still can't get in, contact someone on the technical staff for help.