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Setting up SSH Keys

Note : this tutorial assumes that you are running a linux-based operating system. While it may be possible to set up ssh keys on a Windows or OS X machine, we have yet to explore and document these capabilities.

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Let's say that you're logging into the Computer Science machines using the command “ssh myUsername@mote.cs.vassar.edu”. You're using your own computer (that only you have access to) and you've become tired of typing in your password every time. By following the directions below, you can set up ssh keys. This will allow you to log into mote without a password, enable you to automate scripts that use the ssh protocol, and by changing from using a password to using ssh keys, increase your account's security.

How to Set up Your Keys

* Step 1: Open up a terminal. On many systems, you can do this by hitting Control-Alt-t.

* Step 2: