Adding a new user


It is not recommended to only have a root user on your server, thus we will setup a new user account.

The process is fairly straight-forward:

adduser username

Provide a secure password and your new user account is created.

We will want occasional higher privileges:

usermod -aG sudo username

And you are done! For increased security, read the "securing your instance" guide to secure your instance.

If you are not able to login with a password after adding a user, you need to change your SSH configuration;

nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Search for: "PasswordAuthentication" and set to yes. Save the file and reset SSH.