Telnet is a protocol for remotely connecting to a machine and getting a console (a CommandLine) on that machine, as if you were local.
It was invented for ArpaNet and used extensively on the InterNet.
It runs on TCP Port 23.
See telnet(1) for information on the telnet client in Linux.
Telnet is totally insecure. (all plain text; no encryption.) While there exists a Telnet over SSL, it has been replaced almost entirely by SSH.
Part of CategoryNetworking and CategoryProtocols