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SecureCRT for Windows

SecureCRT is a terminal emulation program. It allows encrypted Secure Shell (SSH1 and SSH2) sessions with many servers and with Stanford's distributed network of UNIX computers.

Install SecureCRT + SecureFx

Connect to Cardinal and Rice

The Essential Stanford Software version of SecureCRT includes pre-configured SSH2 connections to Cardinal and Rice—the most widely used University IT-supported servers.

If you need to connect to machines other than Cardinal and Rice, see Add Sessions to  SecureCRT and SecureFX.

Note: If you use both terminal emulation and file transfer, SecureCRT and SecureFX share session settings. Configuring a connection to a particular server only needs to be done once in order for the selected server to be continuously available to both programs.

  1. Start SecureCRT.  
  2. The Session Manager window should display. If not, go to the File menu and click Connect.  
  3. Select either Cardinal or Rice and then click the Connect icon in the Session Manager toolbar.
    SecureCRT session manager window
  4. The first time you connect to a new session, the New Host Key window may appear. Click Accept & Save.
    Note: Cardinal and Rice are aliases for a number of Stanford servers. Therefore, you may see this message again when you connect to the site.
    accept new host key
  5. Enter your SUNet ID in the Username field and then click OK.
    enter your SUNet ID for your SSH username
  6. Enter your SUNet ID password in the Password field and click OK. Do not check the box to save your password.
    enter your SUNet ID password
  7. Next your are prompted to enter a two-step code. You can either enter a passcode or choose one of the other methods listed for authenticating. If you select to have a code delivered by SMS text message, select the menu item for SMS then enter the code at the next prompt.
    choose an option to use for two-step authentication
  8. When you are connected to Cardinal or Rice your workspace is a terminal interface to the server, window similar to the one below.
      window that displays when you are connected to a SecureCRT session


  1. To disconnect from a session, go to the File menu and click Disconnect.
  2. To exit SecureCRT, go to the File menu and click Exit.

Additional information

For additional information, go to the SecureCRT Help menu.

  • Click Help Topics to access the SecureCRT online help manual.
  • Click SecureCRT Web Page to go to the VanDyke Software web site, which has the latest vendor information about SecureCRT.

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Last modified December 12, 2017