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The SSH Key & Jane Goodall’s Key to a Happy Life

by: Hostwinds Team  /  January 18, 2019

Sometimes it is fun to begin these blog pieces with a quote rather than…making words.

Hence, this quote here:

"The most important thing is to think about what you do. To become aware and think about the effect of what you do has on the environment and society. That's key, and that underlies everything else."

Wow, TEAR-JERK worthy! Jane Goodall, the brilliant primatologist, once spoke those words of wisdom. Based on the numerous sagacious ideas and insights given to us by Goodall, it seems to me that this woman truly holds the key to a happy, meaningful, and fulfilled life. She knew it from the start! SpeEeeEaking of KEY, this blog post is about SSH (Secure Shell) keys.

Before We Get Into SSH Keys, Some Cool Stuff About Jane Goodall's Life

Goodall was passionate about animals, wildlife, nature, and such since she was a little one. She was so passionate that she studied primatology first without a degree. I have admired Jane Goodall since I was a little one, mainly because my intuition has always told me that she is just one of those people out there with a pure heart and soul. Furthermore, her last name is GOOD + ALL, and I believe her personality may reflect this title, as her character seems to be comprised of all that is good and pure.

This is evidence that Jane has a heart of gold: She was highly criticized within her field because she refused to number the gorillas she studied. She didn't care, though. She observed gorillas for decades, and she always gave them cute and thoughtful names.


An SSH key could be considered an onomatopoeia because it is a secret, so it tells its owner to "SSSSSSSHHHHHH, SSSHHH, SSSHHHH, SSSHHHHH" if such owner tries to give it to anyone else. In more technical terms, an SSH key is kind of like a password. A private and public key pair make up an SSH key.

Private and Public SSH Keys

The private key goes to the primary user and must stay on such user's primary device. If you decide to get an SSH key, make sure to install it on your device. The "SSSSHHHHHHH" onomatopoeia is again appropriate here because the private key's owner has to keep it completely secret from others. This ensures the user remains the keeper/holder/owner/boss (for lack of a better word) of the SSH key.

The public key, by contrast, is the part of the SSH key that you share with others using other devices. If you want to allow other computers access to something you have on your computer, give the computers' owners a public key.

Why SSH Keys are Nice & Why SSH Keys are Necessary

Hackers can steal one's password fairly easily, even if it looks like this:


The encryption algorithms implemented by SSH key software make it, so hackers cannot get their little hands on your key. In other words, SSH keys protect your stuff better, as they are way more secure than passwords.

Why Jane Goodall is Nice & Why Jane Goodall is a Notably Noble Human Being

Three Quotes from Goodall Proving that She is a Gift to this World:

1. "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."

2. "I think empathy is really important, and I think only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our full potential."

3. "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

We are moving right along to the segway-free introduction of SSH key management in Hostwinds' Cloud Portal!

SSH Keys in the Hostwinds Cloud Portal

First off, the Hostwinds Team recommends setting up your SSH key using PuTTY. This guide will show you how to do it:

The first thing you'll want to do to get your SSH keys all situated in the Cloud Portal is: Click the "Servers" drop-down menu on the white navigation bar at the top of the page >> Click "SSH Keys."

Written by Hostwinds Team  /  January 18, 2019