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SSH Key Generator

Description

 

SSH keys provide a more secure way of logging into a virtual private server with SSH than using a password alone. While a password can eventually be cracked with a brute force attack, SSH keys are nearly impossible to decipher by brute force alone.

 

The SSH Key Generator is available in the Tools - SSH Key Generator menu. It's allow you the creation of key files.

 

SSH Key Generator

SSH Key Generator

 

Settings

 

SSH Key Generator

SSH Key Generator

 

OPTION

DESCRIPTION

Key algorithm

You can choose between:

RSA: RSA can be used for signing/verification and also for encryption/decryption. When using RSA it is recommended to use a 2048 bits key size.

DSA: It is faster in signing but slower in verifying. It can only be used for signing/verification it does not encrypt/decrypt. When using DSA it is a recommended to use a 1024 bits key size.

Key size

You can choose your SSH Key size between:

1024 bits: Minimum key size

2048 bits: Default and recommended key size

4096 bits: Maximum key size

Comment

Enter your username and the name of the computer you're transferring your key to.

Load Private Key

This feature will allow you to import a previously saved SSH Key.

Save Public Key

Saving the public key will generate a *.pub file. Simply enter a file name when prompted.

Save Private Key

You will have the option of saving your Private Key in different format, choose between:

PKCS #8 Private Key (*.pri)

PuTTY Private Key (*.ppk)

OpenSSH Private Key (*.pri)

 

If you did not specify a passphrase you will have to confirm that you do not wish to use a passphrase.

 

If using the Key Agent Manager you must chose the PuTTY Private Key (.ppk) file format or the OpenSSH Private Key (.pri) file format. The PKCS Private Key is not a supported file format for the Key Agent Manager.