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Recently I started making use of Oracle Cloud, due to their very generous “Always Free” tier. I’ve been pushing to learn more about Linux at large instead of staying within the Debian or CentOS guardrails.

Currently I have an ARM Ampere instance with Oracle Linux 8 that I use as a remote development box with VSCode. Occasionally it’ll serve a dual purpose of a beta host of software I’m working on.

Since this box holds development code and potentially unsecured software I wanted to ensure I protect it as much as possible. I realized it’s probably time to implement 2FA on SSH. I was hesitant due to VSCode integration concerns along with general maintenance ability with a verification implemented. Thankfully after testing, I found out VSCode natively handles keyboard-interactive type authentications.

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