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How to install OpenSSH on Windows 10 to encrypt network communications

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Learn how to use SSH natively within Windows 10 to secure communications between network devices.

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By now, IT pros should be familiar with, use, and promote security best practices in all aspects of their management tasks when working with various devices on a network. While encrypting data at rest on drives ensures the confidentiality of that data on a disk, Secure Shell (SSH) works by encrypting the communication between devices (in a client-server model) so that management commands may be passed on securely, without the fear of compromising credentials over cleartext.

SSH also adds another layer of protection by relying on digital fingerprints that are unique to each device to verify that the device's integrity is maintained and that a rogue device by way of a man-in-the-middle attack hasn't been inserted to divert commands and capture critical data.

For years, Windows users have relied on third-party tools to provide SSH...(continued)

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