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can someone please explain to me what telnet is and try to explain it as thoroughly as possible because i have absolutely no idea
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Its a protocol like SSH used to connect to a source such as a server.

You can access them by typing "telnet ip" in the run box.

Its an older protocol, and it is unsecure. People use SSH now because it is pretty much the same thing but secure. It stands for secure shell.

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can someone please explain to me what telnet is and try to explain it as thoroughly as possible because i have absolutely no idea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telnet

Its basically saying, its a emulated network.. But thats just the raw basics, read up at wiki.
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umm ok. but whats an emulated network, and SSH. but thanks ill read the wiki thing on it, dont know why i didnt think of that before
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umm ok. but whats an emulated network, and SSH. but thanks ill read the wiki thing on it, dont know why i didnt think of that before
As a example, emulation would be running a SNES game on your computer via a program, its making another non-native device run something that was not originally designed to do it, so basically its fake you could say.. So telnet is a fake network; it simply acts like a network which then allows you to do things that you would be able to do on a network.. As Bigval said, SSH is like telnet only secure. There were many loopholes and vulnerabilities in telnet.
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oh ok i got it now. im not bein sarcastic, really i get it. thanks for the help. are there any systems still out there that still use telnet
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oh ok i got it now. im not bein sarcastic, really i get it. thanks for the help. are there any systems still out there that still use telnet
Im sure there is somewhere; but dont count on it being everywhere.. Mostly people would use SSH for obvious reasons..
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Yes some applications still use telnet. A popular use of telnet is library book databases. Lots of libraries will have you connect to their database via (through) telnet to check for books and their status. Telnet is used for non sensitive data, when the connection isnt vulnerable to data theft.
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