Downloading PuTTY for connecting to Linux based EC2 instances

PuTTY can be handy for connecting to Linux based EC2 instances in Linux. Therefore, in this article, we will be discussing PuTTY and the purpose of PuTTY. Furthermore, I will also provide you guidelines for downloading PuTTY for using it to connect Linux based EC2 instances.

What is SSH?

Before we start talking about PuTTY, let’s obtain some knowledge about SSH.

Secured Shell popularly known as SSH, is a cryptographic network protocol that is used for secure remote login from one computer to another. This protocol provides various alternative options for strong authentication. Also, with strong encryption, it preserves data confidentiality and integrity. Furthermore, it can be an alternative for unprotected login protocols (such as telnet, rlogin) and insecure methods of file transfer (such as FTP).

Besides, SSH also protects the network against attacks such as IP spoofing, routing source IP and spoofing DNS. Here, an intruder which has succeeded in taking over a network can only compel SSH to disconnect. However, once encryption is allowed, the person cannot playback the traffic or hijack the link.

About PuTTY

Now, since we have talked much about SSH, we can dive into the concept of PuTTY. PuTTY is an SSH and Telnet client, which was developed for Windows platform by Simon Tatham. A PuTTY is open-source software that is available with source code and is developed and supported by a volunteer group.

Download PuTTY

For downloading PuTTY you are required to follow the following steps:

Step 1: Open the link provided below.

Step 2: Here, you can download putty.exe. But before you download the .exe file, make sure to check whether your Windows OS is of 32-bit or 64-bit and then click on the .exe file accordingly.

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Step 3: After you click on putty.exe, you should see a file explorer dialogue box appearing as shown in the image below. Here, you are required to select a location for downloading the .exe file and then click on the “Save” button.

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Step 4: Now, go back to the website again and go to “Alternative binary files” section. Here, you are now required to download puttygen.exe. Also, before you download the .exe file, make sure to check if your Windows OS is of 32-bit or 64-bit and then click on the .exe file accordingly.

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Step 5: Similar to what you saw after downloading putty.exe, here, after clicking on puttygen.exe, a file explorer dialogue box appears as shown in the below. Here, you are again required to select a location for downloading the .exe file and then click on the “Save” button.

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Step 6: Now, go to the location where you have downloaded putty.exe

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Step 7: Double click the putty.exe in order to open PuTTY Configuration.

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Step 8: Again, double click the puttygen.exe in order to open PuTTY Key generator.

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