How to lock a user account?

The passwd command can be used to create passwords. Another option is to use the tool to lock or unlock a user account. The ability to lock users can be useful to prevent usage of the account while not directly deleting it. This might come in handy when a colleague or employee left the company.


chage -E0 account

Mark account as expired, so that also SSH users no longer can use the account.

passwd -l account

This command will lock the specified account. The root user can unlock accounts when required.

Recently updated at May 21, 2023

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