How to Set Up Multi-Factor Authentication for SSH on Ubuntu 20.04

SSH is a ???Secure Shell Protocol??? used to connect and manage remote Linux systems securely over an unsecured network. It is very useful for system administrators to perform day-to-day tasks on the remote server. So securing an SSH server is an essential part of any system administrator.

By default, you can connect to SSH with a password or using the private key. That means, it is only a single factor authentication. So it is a good idea to implement multi-factor authentication in the SSH server to add an extra layer of security. In multi-factor authentication, you will need to provide your system user password and another password generated on a mobile device. This will significantly enhance your server’s security.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to set up multi-factor authentication for SSH on Ubuntu 20.04 VPS.