Right now, everyone seems to use the infamous port 22 to connect to their server with SSH. In my opinion, it is just another way to make it easier for an attacker to target your server. Changing the SSH port on your server may seem difficult, but it is actually quite simple to do.
First, we must edit the SSHD (SSH server daemon) configuration file. Use your favorite text editor.
Add the following code to either the top or the bottom of the configuration file.
# SSH Port Port 2124 # the port you want to change it to
Next, we’ll update the firewall. If you have disabled the firewall, skip this step. My example uses port 2124. For CentOS 6 users, run these commands:
iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 2124 --syn -j ACCEPT service iptables save semanage port -a -t ssh_port_t -p tcp 2124
CentOS 7 users, run these commands instead:
firewall-cmd --add-port 2124/tcp --permanent firewall-cmd --add-port 2124/tcp
The configuration changes are now finished. Restart the SSH server (SSHD)…
service sshd restart
… and voila! You just took the first step in securing your Vultr server. I also recommend taking other security measures too, such as Fail2ban.
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