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StartOpenSSH for Mac

By R1CH4RD.net Free

Developer's Description

Wraps around the command line app ssh.
- Allows you to add multiple RSA keys with or without passwords
- Allows you to securely lock the app so no one walking by can change the state of the app or see/edit your data
- Allows you to create tunnels with multiple ssh servers
- Allows you to choose a specific service to forward to or you can use it as a socks proxy server
- Allows you to setup a reverse tunnel back to your computer
- Allows you to use a ssh-askpass proxy for entering passwords (10.7)
- Can automate the login process with no user input of passwords
- You can use sshpass (a third party app) to manage your passwords for you if no RSA key is available.
- If you so choose you can use a different third party command line password manager (only sshpass tested)
- Automatic reconnect if the connection is lost.
- It is the one size fits all solution to GUI SSH Tunneling on OSX.

Product Overview
StartOpenSSH allows you to simply point and click to manage and setup tunnels via the command line ssh app. Once you setup a service it will be there until you remove it and you can start and stop the tunnel with ease. Wether you want to access your network at work while away from the office, need to come up with a quick SOCKS proxy to bypass network internet filters, or need to add a server located somewhere else to your work network, StartOpenSSH is the solution for you.

By default StartOpenSSH relies on you supplying key files to connect to SSH servers, but that stubborn network admin refuses to allow users to use key files, well StartOpenSSH is designed for this in mind as well and allows you to use a custom SSH password manager. It has been tested with sshpass, but if there is another password manager you want to use no problem. Simply setting the preferences for StartOpenSSH and you can be using that utility. Now you can use that utility to enter passwords where needed or you can use your specified key files, either way you can connect to your SSH server and setup a tunnel.

StartOpenSSH allows you to have peace of mind as your data is safely stored in an encrypted format, which is unique to each user account. The application will also lock allowing you to walk away from you computer and keeping your connection and key file information away from prying eyes. Do you have a key file that you have password protected? No problem because StartOpenSSH can authenticate the key file on the fly.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.5.1


Release February 3, 2013
Date Added February 3, 2013
Version 0.5.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None


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