More on Telnet: the
Number One Hacker Tool
How to Get Telnet Accounts
OK, so you want to get legal user names and passwords so you
can telnet into other computers. Here are some of the best ways:
- See http://happyhacker.org/links2.shtml#shells
for organizations that will give you free shell accounts. You
can telnet into these.
- Ask Internet Service Providers for shell accounts. Some offer
them, although most don't.
- Set up a telnet server on your own computer (see instructions
below). Yes, once you are running a telnet server, you can telnet
from your computer back into your computer. Simply give the command
- Make friends with people who run Internet computers with
Why you May Not Want
If you love your shell account server, don't ever, ever telnet
or ftp into it. I recommend Ssh or Openssh for logging into remote
computers? The telnet (and ftp) protocol is a "clear text"
transmission. That means that computer on the same LAN as either
You or your destination computer, or any computer on any LAN
or network path through which your connection passes can steal
your login name, password or anything else that goes across your
connection. Ssh and OpenSsh encrypt all communications so no
one can snoop on you.
How to Install a
Telnet Server on your Windows Computer
Usually you can't telnet into a Windows home computer. The
reason is, they aren't running telnet servers. Here's how to
get a telnet server on your home Windows computers so your friends
and you can telnet in and play.
For Windows NT, the Options Pack includes a primitive telnet
For Windows 95/98/NT and 2000, you also can install shareware
or commercial telnet servers. Check out http://www.winfiles.com,
or do a web search.
Of course installing a telnet server makes your computer vulnerable
to all sorts of trouble from hackers. It's your funeral, don't
come crying top me if a telnet visitor destroys your computer.