This lesson and the entire course “Introduction To The Linux Server” is available free at LinuxAcademy.tv.
In this lesson we are going to go over the basics of user management on our instance. First we want to change the “user” password, change the “root” password and add yourself a personal user. You will learn why you should do all of these things and how to do them. If you have never used Linux then this lesson is for you. We are going to start with the basic concepts and explain why or why not to do these tasks.
It’s important to remember not all distributions have ssh root enabled by default. Read When You Should Disable Root Login…Or Not to understand when and when not to disable root login.