Manage SSH access and generate SSH keys.

Context: cPanel
Manage SSH access and generate SSH keys.

To manage SSH access and generate SSH keys in cPanel, you can follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your cPanel account. Make sure you have access to a cPanel-powered server.

  2. Once logged in, locate the "Security" or "Security Center" section in the cPanel dashboard. The exact placement may vary depending on your cPanel theme or version.

  3. Within the "Security" or "Security Center" section, you will find the "SSH Access" or "SSH Shell Access" tool. Click on it to access the SSH settings.

  4. In the SSH Access interface, you can manage SSH access for your cPanel account.

    • Enable SSH Access: If SSH access is not already enabled, you can click on the "Enable" or "Manage SSH Keys" button to enable SSH access for your cPanel account. This will allow you to connect to the server using SSH.

    • Disable SSH Access: If SSH access is currently enabled, you may have the option to disable it. Click on the "Disable" or "Disable Shell Access" button to turn off SSH access for your cPanel account.

  5. If you want to generate SSH keys for secure authentication, locate the "SSH Access" or "SSH Shell Access" section and click on the "Manage SSH Keys" or "SSH Key Manager" option.

  6. In the SSH Key Manager interface, you can generate, upload, or import SSH keys.

    • Generate SSH Keys: Click on the "Generate a New Key" or "Generate Key" button to generate a new SSH key pair. You can choose the key type (RSA or DSA) and the key size. After generating the keys, they will be displayed, and you can download the private key and save it securely.

    • Upload or Import SSH Keys: If you already have an SSH key pair, you can upload the public key or import it directly into cPanel using the "Import Key" or "Upload Key" option. This allows you to use your existing SSH key for authentication.

  7. After generating or importing SSH keys, you can manage and authorize the keys for SSH access. You can specify whether to allow passwordless login, restrict access to specific IP addresses, or manage other settings related to SSH key authentication.

  8. If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about SSH access or SSH key management in cPanel, consult your hosting provider's documentation or contact their support for further assistance. They can provide guidance specific to your cPanel version and hosting configuration.

Remember, SSH access and SSH keys provide secure remote access to your server. Protect your private keys and use strong passphrases to ensure the security of your SSH authentication. Regularly review and update SSH access settings as part of your server's overall security management.


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