Shell account

shell account is a user account on a remote server , traditionally running under the Unix operating system , which gives access to a shell via a command-line interfaceprotocol such as telnet or SSH . [1]

Shell accounts have been made available to the public by Internet Service Providers (such as Netcom (USA) , Panix , The World and Digex ), although in rare instances. They were used for storage , web space , email accounts , newsgroup access and software development . [2] [3] [4]

Shell providers are often found to offer shell accounts at low-cost or free. These shell accounts Generally Provide users with access to various software and services Including compilers , IRC clients , background processes , FTP , text editors (Such As nano ) and email client (Such as pine ). [5] [6] shell Some providers May aussi allow tunneling of traffic to bypass corporate firewalls .

See also

  • Bulletin board system
  • FreeBSD jail
  • Free-Net
  • SDF Public Access Unix System , one of the oldest and largest non-profit public access UNIX systems on the Internet.
  • Slirp , a free software application similar to The Internet Adapter
  • SSH tunneling
  • The Big Electric Cat was a public access computer system in New York City in the late 1980s, known on Usenet as node dasys1.
  • The Internet Adapter , a graphical front-end application for Internet access using shell accounts TCP / IP-based applications such as Netscape to run over the shell account.
  • The WELL , best known for its Internet forums, but also provides email, shell accounts, and web pages.


  1. Jump up^ Young, Margaret Levine (1999), Margaret Levine Young, ed. Internet: the full reference (. 3 ed), Osborne / McGraw-Hill, p. 11, ISBN  978-0-07-211942-8
  2. Jump up^ “Glossary” . December 29, 1996 . Retrieved 27 September 2010 .
  3. Jump up^ Michael K. Johnson (April 1996), “Choosing an Internet Service Provider” , Linux Journal , Specialized Systems, Seattle, USA (24),ISSN  1075-3583 , If you are comfortable with the command-line interface That Linux provides, you will probably be comfortable with a Linux account on a Linux or Unixcomputer managed by an ISP. Once your modem connects to the other modem and you log in, it is the same as an xterm session or a console login (without graphics capabilities) on your Linux box, except that the remote computer is connected to the Internet. You usually use a standard Unix shell, with roughly the same choices available on your own Linux system, BBS provides.
  4. Jump up^ Michael K. Johnson (October 1, 1994), “For internauts, finding a harbor of call can be a try trying experience. I recently ran the gauntlet of choosing a commercial Internet access provider (do I have enough mixed metaphors yet? ) and would like to share my experiences, both good and bad. ” , Linux Journal , The other day, I started shopping, both, for a Unix shell account, and for a SLIP or PPP connection That Allows my home network Linux to Become a real share of the internet.
  5. Jump up^ Cliff (July 14, 2004). “Unix Shell Accounts?” . . Retrieved 27 September 2010 .
  6. Jump up^ Toxen Bob (May-June 2007), “The Seven Deadly Sins of Linux Security”,Tail , ACM, New York, USA, 5 (4): 38-47, doi : 10.1145 / 1255421.1255423 , ISSN  1542-7730 , Most recent vulnerabilities are not remotely exploitable Directly On Most systems. This means that most systems are not at risk for remote attacks from the Internet. Many of the vulnerabilities can be taken advantage of by someone with a regular shell account on the system.