5 Steps to Secure your SSH Server

Valic —  February 5, 2013 — 3 Comments

SSH is the standard method for Admin’s to connect to Linux servers securely. But the default install of SSH server way far from perfect and may allow attackers to hack your server. This guide shows you how to secure your SSH server in few steps

1. Use Strong SSH Passwords

Try to make all your passwords more secure by following next rules:

  • Try to use minimum of 8 characters
  • Use upper and lower case letters
  • Also use  numbers in your password
  • special characters like #$&*

You have also a password generator in Linux called pwgen. Install and use it with the following commands:

apt-get install pwgen

pwgen command will generate a list of passwords of 8 characters. You can use the man documents to find more options.

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