Can both password authentication and an SSH key be used on the same account at Digital Ocean?

Posted August 3, 2018 2.4k views
DigitalOceanUbuntu 16.04

We have a user who has an issue using an SSH key and would prefer to keep using a username and password to log in.

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Hello friend!

Absolutely. You will need to make sure that “AllowRootLogin” is set to yes in /etc/ssh/sshd_config, then restart the SSH service if you had to change that. Be sure to work hard on that password, as merely existing with SSH accessible means as many as thousands of attempted logins by attackers every hour.

Kind Regards,

The general answer is Yes. You can have both SSH key and password authentication on your Ubuntu server.

You will need to create SSH keys for each user and turn PasswordAuthentication to yes on your SSH configuration file:

$ sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config


$ PasswordAuthentication yes

Press CTRL +X, Y *and *Enter to save the file.

Then restart SSH using the command below:

$ sudo service ssh restart