After launch a new server, that was not a full install of my own, I have found that the following steps help get it to a working state with a basic level of security. This is not all inclusive and it really just a baseline. This is specific to Ubuntu, but can be easily modified for any flavor of Linux.
With a service like Digital Ocean, AWS, or any similar service you will be given a basic install with only a root user. Continue reading “First steps on a newly installed server.”