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How to Install Stunnel for Hummingbird HostExplorer Version 7.x or Below (Windows)

You must secure access to the ACT mainframe by configuring your software to use a protocol for protecting data.

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1. Install Stunnel.

  • Start the download.
  • Click Save in the File Download window.
  • Choose the folder where you want to put the file, and click Save.
  • Go to the folder and double-click UCSD ACT Stunnel.exe. Follow the Install Wizard’s instructions by clicking the Next buttons and Finish.
  • The procedure will:
    • Install into a new folder in your program files folder.
    • Add a task to your startup menu so Stunnel will start automatically whenever you boot up.
    • Add a shortcut icon on your desktop.

2. Modify your Hummingbird software to use Stunnel.

Modify your Hummingbird software to use Stunnel by changing your host connection address from hubble.ucsd.edu to 127.0.0.1.

  • Follow these steps:
    1. Start a session.
    2. Click File at the top of the window.
    3. Click Disconnect.
    4. Click Options at the top of the window.
    5. Click Edit Session Profile to open the Session Profile window.
    6. Click Session in the Settings Groups.
    7. Click the Host tab.
    8. Enter 127.0.0.1 in the Host Name field and click O.K.
    9. Click File at the top of the window.
    10. Click Save Session Profile and click Save.
    11. Close Hummingbird.
    12. Restart your PC to activate Stunnel and open a new Hummingbird session.
  • If you need to shut down Stunnel, right click the icon at the bottom of your screen and exit.

    If you need to restart Stunnel, you can click the Stunnel icon on your desktop or restart your PC.

    Remember, without Stunnel or other SSL support, you won’t be allowed to access the ACT mainframe.

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