Setup and secure a VPS Quickly

Quick guide to setting up a virtual private server quickly

After creating a server

  1. Login as root

     ssh root@
  2. Update and upgrade

     sudo apt update
     sudo apt upgrade
  3. Create a user

     adduser newuser
  4. Add user to the sudo group

     usermod -aG sudo newuser
  5. Become the new user

     sudo su newuser -
  6. Create an ssh key

     ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C ""
  7. logout of the server

  8. On your local machine, copy your ssh key to the new user on the server

     ssh-copy-id newuser@
  9. Test log in

     ssh newuser@
  10. Disable password auth

    vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config


    PasswordAuthentication no
  1. Reload ssh

    sudo systemctl reload sshd
  2. Allow ssh and enable the ufw (uncomplicated firewall) firewall

    sudo ufw app list
    sudo ufw allow OpenSSH
    sudo ufw enable

Add the server to your ssh config for easy ssh

vim ~/.ssh/config


Host newserver
    Port 22
    User newuser
    IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa
    IdentitiesOnly yes


source ~/.bashrc

Now you can ssh into the server with:

ssh newserver