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    Question Shell Account *HELP*

    HI guys,
    i need some help.

    What is a Shell Account??

    How can I make one??


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    You being serious?

    A shell account is just a secure shell (ssh) account on some *nix box. It doesn't have to be a *nix box... it can even be a windows box. Its just secure access to a remote box.

    Most ssh accounts are for command line... however, some people do tunnel other services (like VNC) over a secure shell.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

    You can either get a friend to give you one, create your own server (windows or linux will work, a s long as you are using ssh), or there are plenty of places to get them online.

    Most of the free ones really suck and don't have much privledges.
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    What are the uses of a shell account??
    which free ones are good??

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    I have to slightly disagree with phishphreek80, in that a shell account and ssh are not the same thing. A shell is the command line interpreter. A shell account is an account that can access this shell. SSH, is a means to connect to a computer and utilize this shell account. SSH has other uses such as creating secure tunnels and such, and you can connect to a shell account in an insecure way such as telnet.

    As for uses of a shell account, you can execute command line programs on a remote computer. I use SSH to connect to a shell account that I have on a box, and irc from it. I use pine on that box. I can connect to it from anywhere in the world and get to these items. If there were any other processes I wanted to run on that box, I could (as long as I have access to do this). A lot of web hosting places will give you a shell account to manage your website through. This will allow you to move files around and text edit them, just like you could at the console of a *nix box.

    I would venture to guess that if you don't know what one is, you have no use for one and don't really need one.

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    Shell Account -- Account used for accessing a shell on a remote machine (typically *nix).

    SSH -- Secure Shell. Used for having a more secure connection, connecting to the shell account, and is a form of a "tunnel" (as previously stated) to the shell account.
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    So is a Shell Account used for running commands like nslookup, whois etc. if i have windows]

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    Think of the command prompt on your windows box as your shell. You can run those commands from it. If you do, such as a ping the ping will originate from the box the ping command was sent from.

    Now, if you use a shell account on another box (even though you're physically in front of your windows box), those ping packets will originate from the other box.

    This is mainly a way to do stuff remotely. Skiddies and such use them for running exploits remotely, so as not to reveal their true location.

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    zENGER: I'll buy that. I just think shell == ssh because who would use rlogin or telnet anymore?
    Maybe there are other secure shell client/servers out there... but ssh is the most popular?

    But then again... I was just thinking remote.. not local too.

    Thanks for pointing that out.
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    THANKX a lot pal

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