How to SSH (PuTTY) without using the AWS Lightsail private key
First, you need to log in to your AWS Lightsail account.
Then we will need to set up a new password.
run this command first to get root user privileges
$ sudo su
Change the default password but typing the below command. This will set up a new password for bitnami user so you can use it to SSH later. For now, our user is bitnami.
# passwd bitnami
After this, you have to modify the SSH config on the AWS Lightsail instance to enable password-based authentication.
Edit the /etc/ssh/sshd_config by running this command
and modify or add the following line:
After the edit, you need to press CTR + X then press Y and hit ENTER to save
Now we need to restart sshd server by running this command
# systemctl restart sshd
You can now use the password you created for “bitnami” user to login via Putty without using the AWS Lightsail private key.