SSH Keys on Windows
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CREATE SSH KEYS ON USING WINDOWS 10
There are many different utilities that you can use with your Windows 10 (or other Windows versions). One very simple and popular utility (application) is
Throughout this tutorial, we will use the
Putty suite of tools.
Download the latest version of PuTTy from the following location
You should choose the
64-bit x86 link.
Also download the
64-bit x86 puTTyGen utility.
PuTTyGen.exe by clicking on the
Change the bit size to
4096 (at the bottom right of the screen) and click on Generate Button.
You will be asked to move the mouse around randomly and rapidly (
inside the box) until the progress indicator completes and the screen changes.
Supply and Confirm a complex key passphrase.
Copy the Public Key into a text editor for later reference. This will be used later on our Cloud Provider of choice during the creation process of your VPS (virtual private server).
Make sure to copy all the text inside the public key box
Save the public and private keys to a safe place.
The file for the private key should be saved with the .ppk extension if you are using Putty and Windows.
puTTy private key
|cn_node_id.ppk||This file is the |
|cn_node_id.pub||This file is the |
Now that the public and private keys are saved on your system. Remember where you saved your keys. Generally, you can save these keys on a USB stick (or other cold storage mechanism) and save in a safe secure place.
|hot||This file is located on a device that has Internet access and is vulnerable to accessibility through security holes, etc.|
|cold||The file is located on a device with no Internet access.|