Generate a key on your local machine

ssh-keygen -t dsa

or

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096

hit enter at the prompts and specifying a strong password

Copy the key to a remote machine

cat .ssh/id_dsa.pub | ssh username@hostname 'cat >> .ssh/authorized_keys'

or

cat .ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh username@hostname 'cat >> .ssh/authorized_keys'

This should work whether you’re using Cygwin on Windows, Mac OS X, or some flavor of Linux

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