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PuTTY Public Key Authentication

Public key authentication in PuTTY uses SSH keys stored in .ppk files. Instructions for configuring public key authentiation for PuTTY can be found here.

There have been documented instances of malware collecting PuTTY SSH keys. In the widely publicized Sony breach, attackers went after .ppk files. This illustrates how important SSH key management is. As of this writing, Universal SSH Key Manager is the only SSH key management solution that supports PuTTY keys.


Highlights from the SSH.COM blog:

  • Cryptomining with the SSH protocol: what big enterprises need to know about it

    Cryptomining malware is primarily thought of as targeting desktops and laptops and is used to hijack system resources to mine cryptocurrency.
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  • SLAM the door shut on traditional privileged access management

    Did you know that something as trivial-sounding as granting access for your developers or third parties to a product development environment can throw a gorilla-sized monkey wrench into your operations and productivity?
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  • We broke the IT security perimeter

    Everyone understands the concept of a security perimeter. You only gain access if you are identified and authorized to do so.
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