Telnet is a communication protocol used to issue
commands on a remote host. It is built into Windows95, Windows98 and WindowsNT. All
accounts created after 11-20-98 have telnet initially disabled. We will enable telnet on
these accounts upon customer
request. You may change
the master password of your account via telnet. If you wish to change your password
but do not wish to use telnet, please use our Secure Web Form to
If you use an Apple Macintosh or other non-Windows
computer, telnet client software is available at:
Pick a server in your region and then click on the
operating system that you use. Choose Telnet from the Network Tools and download whichever
program appeals to you.
You can call up telnet with Win95, 98 or NT by
following these steps:
* Click on the "Start" button
* Click on "Run"
* Type "telnet" in the box
* Click on "OK"
* (The telnet window appears)
* Click on "Connect"
* Click on "Remote System"
* Where it says Host Name, type in "yourdomain.com" or use your IP address
* Click on "OK"
* You will receive a "login:" prompt (type your userID)
* You will be prompted for your password (the characters will not be printed to the
* You should receive a prompt like the following:
* You are now connected via a Unix telnet session and can run any standard Unix command
To view a directory's contents, type: dir
To change directories, type: cd directoryname
To change back to the previous directory, type: cd ..
To delete a file, type: rm filename
To delete a directory and all of its contents, type: rm -rf directoryname
(Unix does not have undelete and the rm command is irreversible)
To create a new directory, type: mkdir newdirectoryname
To edit a file, type: pico filename
(a list of editor commands will be at the bottom of the screen)
To rename a file (or directory), type: mv oldfilename newfilename
To move a file from one directory to another, type: mv old/directory/path/file.name
To copy a file to another directory, type: cp old/dir/file new/dir/file
To copy a file with a new name (e.g. to backup a file before editing), type:
cp file file.old
To change your master password, type: passwd
Always remember to email us with the new password so
that we may update our database or use our Secure Update Form.
To finish telnet, type: exit
( if you will be idle more than 30 minutes, please use the exit command as open logins increase the CPU load and take
up bandwidth unnecessarily. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to provide the best service possible : )
(Unix can be a powerful and versatile operating system but, at first, it will seem cryptic and complicated. We recommend getting a book
or taking a course on its use. We like "Unix for Dummies" )