SSH and Private Key usage on Mac OS X
It’s very important that your private keys are kept secure and away from prying eyes.
A good place to keep your private keys is in the folder
~/.ssh as this makes it easier to manage (this is a subfolder of your home folder).
You then want to set the permissions of the private key file to 600.
chmod 600 ~/.ssh/privatekeyfile.pem
Then you can ssh to the server from the command line using:
ssh -i ~/.ssh/privatekeyfile.pem.pem root@fqdn -p 22