Ssh (tunneling) is easiest way to remotely use any computer. It is fast, light and reliable. It is like generating a command line of the remote computer in your screen. Below we will describe the basic routine you have to follow in order to connect and use a distant computer via ssh.

Before we move on with this tutorial we want to make clear that connecting via ssh does not provide a user interface (gui), it just provides distant terminal access to the user, which is more that enough!

The software

For those who are not familiar with the UNIX platform. UNIX is a widely used multiuser operating system. You can read more about UNIX here. Linux flavors and MacOS are the most common UNIX based OS. They both have a native terminal app that runs on bash so you don’t have to download any third party software in order to use ssh.


All you have to do is type this command:

ssh username@hostname

Where username is your given username and hostname is the server CNAME (address) or IP.

Then you will be asked to insert your password.

Remember that the cursor won’t be moving nor any text will be visible, for your own safety.

Also, another way to verify you identity on ssh server is with the ssh-key which is generated from your computer and is unique. If you want to to generate and use an ssh-key check this article


Thats all! You can now use the computer remotely!


It is highly recommended to switch from default password on your first login for your own safety. If the server does not prompt to do so automatically you can run :


You’d be asked to enter the password twice!

Have in mind the you won’t see any characters on the screen nor the cursor moving