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I'm setting up a CentOS 5 machine that will be used by several coworkers. The only things it will be serving are ssh and Apache. I'm trying to assess the importance of running ssh on a nonstandard port.

root login is not allowed and all passwords are 8 characters long and contain letters, numbers, and special characters.

Using a nonstandard ssh port would require more explanation and documentation, and answering "I can't log in" emails.

It's more secure. Though a determined intruder could discover the ssh port easily enough.

This will be a VM running on Slicehost, if it matters.



merged by Mark Henderson Feb 11 '11 at 20:28

This question was merged with Why change default ssh port? [closed] because it is an exact duplicate of that question.