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How to start an SSH session on a UNIX/Linux machine from a Windows PC (without an installed ssh executable!) through a web browser (e.g., to check your mail using pine)

  1. Start Internet Explorer (this doesn't seem to work with Netscape)
  2. Go to, although I suspect this would work with other ssh executables.
  3. Scroll down and right-click on 'putty.exe', selecting 'open' or 'open in new window'
  4. Select 'open' rather than 'save as'
  5. Enter the name of the UNIX/Linux machine to which you wish to connect, select 'ssh' as the method for connecting and proceed from there.

Chris Paciorek 2012-01-21