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Telnet is a deprecated protocol used to remotely log in to another computer or some communication equipment (usually running some UNIX variant) over a network. The telnet protocol offers no security, sending all communications, including passwords, over the wire in plain text. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that SSH be used instead.

  • QUESTION: I recently switched to a DreamHost Private Server and I cannot seem to connect to it using telnet. Has this feature been disabled or am I doing something wrong?
  • ANSWER: It would actually appear that telnet has been disabled on our private servers for security reasons. We do recommend you give SSH a try to connect to the shell though. For more info on it see SSH