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Secure Passwords

The requirements for good passwords are simple. The challenge starts with keeping track of passwords, as the best effort, use for each website, application or system a different password. Another alternative is to use a single password, which is well protected, and generate for each website, application or system a salted hash password.

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Using git under Windows with SSH

Git provides with the git bash and gui a sufficient way to manage git repositories. Using git with SSH causes an error. Somehow git doesn’t take Putty’s plink. Well the culprit was a former installed program - tortoisegit. This article about Git on Windows fixed my problem with tortoisegit. Just set the GIT_SSH environment variable to plink.

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Switching remote URLs from HTTPS to SSH

If you access the git repository via HTTPS you have to provide each time authentication data. Switching to SSH is more convenient and secure. After adding your public SSH key to the repository in GitHub (or any other) you can access the repository with SSH. To switch your local git repository:

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Unknown host accessing Atlassian Stash

Atlassian Stash default server setting for SSH is port 7999. If you switch the git repository to SSH access, your client may reject the SSH connection.

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Create SSH keys with PuTTYgen

If you are “forced” to use Windows, Putty provides with PuTTYgen the possibility to create SSH keys. It can also convert existing keys from OpenSSH. The keys will be available to the Putty ssh agent - pageant.

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Push existing code to remote git repository

For the situation you have created a remote (master) repository on GitHub, BitBucket or OpenHub.

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