How to set up SSH keys

SSH keys provide a more secure way of logging into a virtual private server with SSH than using a password alone. SSH keys are nearly impossible to decipher.

  1. Create the key pair on the client machine
    ssh-keygen -t rsa

    Once you have entered the command, you will get a few more questions. Answer them all.

  2. Copy the Public Key
    Once the key pair is generated, it’s time to place the public key on the remote server that we want to use.

    ssh-copy-id user@remote-server

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