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SSH Key Generator

Description

SSH keys provide a 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.

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.