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How do I disable remote SSH login as root from a server?

For security purposes my company wants me to not allow anyone to be able to log into our Ubuntu server as root remotely over SSH. We still want the root account to exist, we just do not want it to be ...
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Why there are many guest accounts on my system?

After I saw this answer, I realized that there are many guest accounts on my system: grep guest /etc/passwd guest-jzXeRx:x:117:127:Guest,,,:/tmp/guest-jzXeRx:/bin/false guest-l5dAPU:x:118:128:Guest,,,...
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How to turn off the automatic lock?

I want Ubuntu to ask for my password when I log in but not lock me every time I am away for 5 minutes. How can I disable the automatic lock?
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How to change administrator username?

I have accidentally typed my name wrong when I created the administrator account. Although I managed to change the user name at the login screen, I am unable to rename the /home/oldusername to /home/...
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Should I keep the OEM's default account?

Since a few days I've a new laptop running Ubuntu Linux. During the installation I had to create my own user account. After rebooting, I saw, that the manufacture created a second user called oem (...
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How to add an account to StackApplet?

I have recently installed StackApplet and I want to add my account to it. However, I can't do so as I am unable to select a site properly. See this screenshot: When I press on the option Site ...
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How to make folder writable to 2 users in different groups?

I have a folder (/var/www/test7.com), which must be readable/writable by www-data AND test7 users. test7 user should not have access to other websites. How can I do that?
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How to add a guest account without a password?

Sometimes I have friends in my house that want use my computer. How can they use a guest account without typing a password?
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How to remotely lock out users from logging in temporarily

I'm not sure how to word this. I would like to be able to, remotely, lock down my kids' access either for an amount of time, or have lock/unlock control. Basically, I want to lock out an account ...
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Give permission to user ONLY to install applications

I've been using linux for 6 years, but only now I had the task of creating 2 accounts into one PC. Those 2 accounts are Admin(Mine) and User(My Mother's), the problem is, when she tried to install an ...
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Can I have a single login for multiple machines?

I've got three identical machines for my 3 kids, running Narwhal, but I'd like to replicate the user accounts across all 3 so anyone can login on any machine without me having to create all accounts ...
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Online accounts in 12.10 Facebook not working [closed]

I've added my Google, Twitter, and Windows Live accounts without any issues. However, when I try to add a Facebook account, instead of opening in the system dialogue for online accounts, it opens up ...
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How can I regain admin privileges?

I'm very new to Linux so I don't understand a lot of the terms you guys use. I need a basic answer on why I keep getting admin group does not exist. I accidentally changed my initial account from ...
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Security practice regarding users [closed]

Please understand that I've migrated to a Ubuntu Desktop from Win7 some months ago and while I have been reading about sudoers and Linux in general my understanding is still limited. This is how I ...
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Disconnect user accounts from OS?

Let's say I have a server with Ubuntu and 10-15 user accounts on it. After some time the server crashes with whatever reason. Of course, you could look at the back-up and reset it to the time before ...
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5answers
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Disable all user accounts?

I'm not sure all accounts are disabled on my computer, including samba-guest, and I need to disable all accounts except the one I'm using. How can I disable them all?
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Multiple Google Drive Accounts (grive)

I have installed grive for my Google Drive integration in Ubuntu 12.04, Can I to add multiple google accounts with multiple grive instances? I'm doing something similar with Dropbox then I would think ...
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1answer
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Will I loose my data from windows if I import my account to Ubuntu 12.04

I'm installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and right now it's importing my only account from Windows 7. I'm wondering: Is it just copying and pasting my account, or is it removing my account from Windows ...
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Disable editing account info

I have a public desktop running ubuntu 14.04 with a public account (no guest account). People can change the full name of the user through the user accounts GUI. Is there any way to block this? I ...
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1answer
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How can I run a program (wine) as a distinct user by shortcut?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and I want to run wine under a different account for security reasons. I also want to access it from different accounts. So I made an account called wine and now I want a way ...
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How do I manage multiple ubuntuone accounts?

I have 2 ubuntuone accounts. I am logged it to the first I created, and my ubuntu natty pc folders are synced with that account. I want to switch my ubuntu pc to the second account, but I can't find ...
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How to restrict a user account to a specific time period [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I restrict my kids' computing time? I'm using 12.04 and would like to make one user account open for use 24/7 and one account only available from 8:00am to 12:...
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How can I remove the previous owner Adm account. So I can make changes to my P.C. Brought it from a pawn shop

Need to remove User. I bought this P.C from a pawn shop , and, it still had a Adm, user account attached. Therefore I can't make any changes to the P.C. Was hoping that you all could help me with that?...
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Make account delete itself on poweroff

I need a way to create an account that will delete itself when the system does a full poweroff, but not on a reboot or logout. It also needs to have a unique account name (not guest) and password.
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1answer
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Restrict access from another user to the NTFS partition

It is possible somehow restrict access to a partition to a specific user in Ubuntu? I am using Ubuntu x64 11.10, I made 2 accounts, both accounts belong to the Administrators group. And I have 3 ...
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1answer
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Problem on mounting partitions after create new account

I created a new account(administrator) and delete the first account . In this new account , The partitions are access denied . Some error like these are occur : "You are not owner" "You don't have ...
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1answer
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Telegram phone number change

The instructions to change a phone number in Telegram messenger are not applicable to the Ubuntu phone. I am not able to change my number in the settings menu. Any ideas of how to change it? Thanks!...
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Some way to block access to certain directories for tech support?

I'm about to ship my laptop to tech support and I started thinking, I don't want them going through my downloads or family photos, etc, however they require the administrator password. The problem ...
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Move data from others user accounts in my user account

I had problems with compiz setting and I make multiple accounts, now I want to transfer my information from all deleted users in my current account, some data I can not copy because I am not right to ...
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1answer
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software on two accounts

On Ubuntu I have two accounts one for me and one for my sister. I downloaded a game off the Ubuntu Software Center but I can only play it when logged in to my account (The one I download it on) but ...
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1answer
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Can't change account in Ubuntu One Control Center

My Ubuntu One Control Center on my computer uses one account. My Ubuntu One app on my android phone uses a different one. I want to change my account on my computer to the one that my phone uses but I ...
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I can't access into my Ubuntu account 14.04

For disgrace I have asked advice in "chiedi Ubuntu" forum - the Italian version of ask Ubuntu - and for following their advice, I can't get anymore in my Ubuntu account due to internal errors of the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Online Accounts

I am new in Ubuntu, and try to setup my Facebook account on my desktop in order to online chat/messaging via my FB account, but when I click on Facebook on System Settings>Online Accounts it gives ...
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zApDtG guest account?

I'm using ubuntu 13.10 Where did guest account zApDtG with root privileges come from? I can't gather much information, as this guest account has root privileges and being a brand new user, I don't. ...
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How do I format an usb to ext4 to use it on Ubuntu without without sudo permisions? [duplicate]

I use Ubuntu in a machine I own and in a machine I only have standard user permissions ( not admin). Is there any way to format a usb to ext4 and make it work (file ownership problems) if I cannot run ...
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how do i gain acceess to a drive that owned by deleted user on ubuntu 11.10?

I did some trial on command line and creating a user account from it, then I logged off and logging to that newly created account (let us call it newaccount). Then I mounted one of my drive (I named ...
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How can I give my account admin powers again? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can i give Admin permissions to my account? When I installed Ubuntu I used a password and "admin" type account. But accidentally I changed it's type to "standard". So I ...
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Ubuntu Root user [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know my root password? Hi folks, I have been getting hands on Ubuntu and really liking it. Though someone of the terms really confuse me. One such confusion is: "...
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1answer
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I forgot my root password [duplicate]

How can i reset my password without knowing my password? I tried changing my password before to a longer and harder password to crack and i wrote it down on word and now i lost the word file and i can'...
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How to restrict total time usage for an account [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I set computer usage time limits? I've looked at a number of other threads but most of them talk about how to restrict the time of day an account can log in... What ...
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1answer
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS user accounts log-in - How? [closed]

I installed Ubuntu on a Lenovo Ideapad B590, i3-2328M @ 2.20, 6GB RAM, Samsung EVO 250GB SSD and replaced Windows with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64-bit). My questions are: How do I go about creating a ...
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Help with Users in Linux

I need to separate the privileges of two users. One must be able to manage certain folders while the other should manage the rest. My problem is that the root user has all the privileges and could eg ...
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1answer
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Can't login to my main administrator account?

After recovering from the warning failed to connect to lvmetad error I released when I tried to login to the first account I ever created was not logging in I typed in the right password it says the ...
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unnecessary accounts in ubuntu

It is recommended in hardening process that remove unnecessary accounts. What security problem exist with unnecessary user account? Are there recommended user accounts that should be removed?
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How to select which account is logged in at system startup, or none?

I'm helping out some friends with a tiny hospitality business where one desktop computer has some files used by the business in one account "hotel" but it's mostly used by guests for browsing the web ...
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1answer
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Optimizing Ubuntu 14.04 as a WiFi Host

I've got an old laptop with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on it. I've got it connected to my roommate's Xbox 360 with an Ethernet cable, so the Xbox can share its Wi-Fi connection. This works well. After I edited ...
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1answer
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Login automatically after PC goes to sleep

My user account's state is this: However, when my laptop falls asleep, it prompts me for a password when I awaken it up (by moving the mouse for example). How to avoid that?
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import thunderbird account from file

Thanks for the help everyone. I'm going to rephrase this entry to highlight the solution in case anyone else searches and ends up here. I had to re-install all my data from a saved backup. I use ...
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How do I enable/disable guest account in Trusty 14.04.1

Only my user is shown on greeter, guest is not, my wife is not. This is a system I reinstalled from 12.04-i386 to 14.04-amd64, reformating all but /home. Even a user created from Trusty won't show on ...
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Merging Accounts

I noticed that there are a few seperate ubuntu accounts like one and software center. I'm not sure if there is another one for singing into this, but will they ever merge all of the accounts?