How to Telework Securely Using SSH2 Tunneling, SecureCRT, and VShell

The COVID-19 virus has created a need for people to be able to telework securely. While many larger organizations already have a VPN set up, many smaller- and medium-sized organizations do not. Port forwarding (or tunneling) over an SSH2 connection is a way to secure TCP/IP traffic and is simpler to set up than a VPN.

Types of data that can be securely tunneled include:

  • RDP
  • Email
  • VNC
  • Web applications (HTTP)
  • Clients that use remote databases (e.g, Salesforce, SVN and Git, bug tracking tools)

Here are a couple of ways VanDyke Software employees who work from home use SSH2 port forwarding:

  • Securely access a work computer by tunneling RDP traffic using SecureCRT and a VShell server that is behind a firewall
  • Run local email, SVN, and bug tracker clients, which can securely access remote databases by tunneling IMAP/SMTP and other TCP traffic using SecureCRT and a VShell server that is behind a firewall

To help you learn more, we created an online white paper, Tunneling with Secure Shell

This white paper:

  • Examines threats addressed by tunneling over the public Internet or a company intranet
  • Explains how SSH port forwarding, authentication, and access control features work
  • Illustrates common applications like email, file sharing, and screen sharing as they are tunneled over residential broadband and WiFi networks
  • Considers security implications and where tunneling is best used

If you have questions, contact us at support@vandyke.com

Online Learning Video: Tab Groups in SecureCRT

In this video, you’ll learn how to create groups of tabs in SecureCRT, arranged either left-to-right or top-to-bottom. You’ll also see an example of how to connect one or more sessions into a new tab group.

Discover how to resize tab groups, move a tab from one group to another, and how to broadcast commands to all tabs in one or more selected tab groups.

Tab Groups in SecureCRT

You can see more SecureCRT videos on the SecureCRT video page and the VanDyke Software YouTube Channel.

Online Learning Video: The SecureCRT SFTP Tab

In this video, you’ll learn about SecureCRT’s SFTP tab and how it can facilitate file transfers as an operational SFTP client within a command-line tab of SecureCRT when connected to an SSH2 server that supports the SFTP subsystem.

The SFTP Tab in SecureCRT

You can see more SecureCRT videos on the SecureCRT video page and the VanDyke Software YouTube Channel.

Online Learning Video: SecureCRT Button Bar Enhancements

With SecureCRT’s button bar, you can store frequent actions or commands and recall them with the click of a button, saving you time and effort.

This video covers new functionality added to SecureCRT button bar since the video, How to Use SecureCRT’s Button Bar, was published.

Learn about repositioning the button bar at the top/bottom of the terminal window, suppressing hover tooltip text associated with SEND_STRING buttons, performing a button’s action on all connected/unlocked tabs, rearranging buttons with drag-and-drop, activating another button bar with the click of a button, and using the new Button Manager and Button Bar Manager.

SecureCRT Button Bar Enhancements

You can see more SecureCRT videos on the SecureCRT video page and the VanDyke Software YouTube Channel.