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Login credentials work over ssh, but not for DO console.

My login credentials for root and user accounts work when I ssh in, but none of my credentials work (for any account) if I access the droplet from the Digital Ocean console.

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The answer was pretty dumb: the DO console does not allow pasting into the terminal. I use very long random strings for acct passwords, and paste into the password field. Manually entering works, and once in I was able to open an editor and try pasting random bits of text. No dice.

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/questions/copy-and-paste-into-console

I guess the answer from gnd, very helpful.

While logged in as root using ssh, set the password for root or the account you are using with the DO console.

#enter password when prompted
passwd user_name_or_root

For more info, read the tutorial on setting up ssh