Why won't my Droplet accept my new password via SSH?

Posted February 1, 2018 4.5k views
Linux CommandsUbuntu 16.04

I was having problems SSHing into my Droplet using SSH keys, so I reset my Droplet’s password. I couldn’t SSH in still, as it was telling me that my password was incorrect, despite it working on the online Console. So, in the console, I used passwd to change my password to something I’d know. Still doesn’t work in SSH (I’m on a Mac), so I have to log in via the online console every time.

Why isn’t my Droplet accepting my passwords when I SSH into it through Terminal?

I tried contacting Customer Support but after 3 days of this happening, and no response from anybody, I am questioning whether or not to even stay with DigitalOcean. This is ridiculous.

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If you created your droplet using an ssh key it would not be configured to allow password authentication by default. To fix this you can edit your /etc/ssh/sshd_config file to ensure that PasswordAuthentication is set to yes. Then restart the ssh server with service ssh restart