Don’t be an idiot like me when connecting remotely

Just thought I would share a neat little tip for anyone who connects to a remote machine and does stuff.

I learnt this tip the hard way - what I was doing was connecting via SFTP to a server, using Konqueror, my favourite all-purpose file manager. I put sftp://myserver into the location bar of Konqueror.

It then asks me for the username and password, and I would have the correct details filled in for me - they were saved in my secure KDE wallet. But unfortunately, every time I opened a connection Konqueror would behind the scenes try to connect to myserver with my login username, peter.

Since my login username isn't the same as the login username on the server, I would end up accidentally doing many failed login attempts. And subsequently I got my IP blocked.

It's all resolved now - and this is the solution:

Always, always, always connect to your server with the following notation:

protocol://username@server

Crucially, include the username@ bit. That way you'll save yourself accidentally trying to connect with your login name, and getting blocked. At least with Konqueror.

Hope this helps someone out there, anyway.

Oh, and I hope all FOSSwire readers had a great Christmas and here's wishes for a Happy New Year!

Avatar for peter Peter Upfold - http://peter.upfold.org.uk/

Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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