The default Raspbian SD card image configures a default user account called ‘pi’ with a password of ‘raspberry’. Every device using this image will therefore have the same username and password combination. This is great for quickly getting starting but isn’t very good practice from a security point of view.
You should therefore consider changing the default password as soon as possible. It’s easy to do and only takes a minute. Here are the simple steps you need to follow :
- From a command line prompt type passwd followed by
- the Enter key.
- Enter the current password followed by the Enter key.
- Enter the new password followed by the Enter key.
- Re-enter the new password followed by the Enter key.
- Your password has now been changed.
And here’s another hack if you are connected into your Raspberry Pi via the Adafruit WebIDE — the terminal access through the WebIDE has the ability to trigger the
sudo passwd command. If you are foolish (like me) and select tricky passwords for yourself when setting up a Pi that you don’t write down, you can reset the password and this time write it down.
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