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SecureCRT for Windows - Quick Start Guide

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About This Document

  • This document provides getting started instructions for using SecureCRT in the MIT environment.
  • This document is not meant to be a general purpose guide to using SecureCRT's many features. SecureCRT provides detailed online help for this purpose.
  • This document assumes that you have already downloaded and installed SecureCRT.

Note: The sample screen images in this document include red "privacy bars" red bar to prevent viewing of sensitive information.


There are no special prerequisites for using SecureCRT at MIT. However, there are two considerations:

  1. You must choose either the 32 bit version or the 64 bit version - whichever is appropriate for your machine.
    The downloads are available from the IS&T Software Grid.
    If you are not sure if your machine is 32 bit or 64 bit see this article.

  2. You must connect to a server that supports the SSH2 protocol in order to make a secure connection.
    Most servers on MITnet support SSH2. If you are unsure whether a server supports SSH2, contact the server administrator before you connect.

Since SecureCRT uses SSH2 for secure connectivity, Kerberos is not required to use SecureCRT.

Connecting Securely

This section provides step-by-step instructions to help you establish a secure connection to using SecureCRT.

Please note: The screens displayed below are for Windows 10. These same instructions will work for Windows 7 but will just have some cosmetic differences.

To establish a secure connection to Athena using SecureCRT, do the following:

  1. To start SecureCRT, click Start > All Apps (All Programs in Windows 7) > SecureCRT > SecureCRT(version number). In this example the latest version is 7.3.

    start menu 
    Result: SecureCRT opens and a Quick Connect window appears. Notice that there is a terminal window labeled not connected - SecureCRT underneath the smaller Quick Connect window.

  2. Enter the following in Hostname:, in Username: Your Kerberos Username, then click the Connect button.

    quick connect window

    Result: You will be prompted with the New Host Key window. ( is an alias, so the warning is okay).

  3. Click Accept & Save.

    new host key warning

  4. When Prompted enter your Kerberos Username and Kerberos Password. Note: IS&T recommends that you NOT select Save password.

    enter password screen

  5. Click OK.
    Result: You are now logged on to Athena. Notice that SecureCRT displays the Athena command prompt in the terminal window. Under Sessions you will see which you can double click in the future to re-connect. You will be prompted for your password if you did not save it in Step 3.

    athena command prompt

Logging Out

When you finish an Athena session, be sure to log out. To do this:

  1. Choose File > Disconnect.
  2. When prompted with the message "Do you wish to disconnect from Athena?" click Yes.
  3. Choose File > Exit to exit out of SecureCRT. You can make this choice and skip the previous steps if you wish to both log off from Athena and exit the program.

Related Links

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Last Modified:

May 20, 2016

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