Kali Linux is a fantastic operating system for penetration testing and security evaluation. It comes with virtually all security tools built in, it’s lightweight by default, and it has a huge ecosystem that is constantly helping with the project.
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I created a new installation of Kali Linux recently. One of the first post-installation tasks I did was to create a new user for daily use. Sadly, Kali only creates a default root user during setup. Running as root all the time is a horrible security practice, so I recommend that you create a new user as soon as possible after installation.
To create a new user in Kali Linux, first pop open a Terminal window.
Then use the adduser command. In this example I’m creating a user named mikedan with a home directory of /mikedan so the command is adduser –home /mikedan mikedan.
Adduser prompts for the rest of the information, which is optional.
The user account is created. Now I test it by logging out from root and logging in as mikedan. To be sure I open a new Terminal window and type whoami.
Finished! The user account took only a few seconds to create and works as expected.
Mike Danseglio – CISSP, MCSE, and CEH
Mike Danseglio teaches IT Security Training, Windows, System Center and Windows Server 2012 classes at Interface Technical Training. His classes are available in Phoenix, AZ and online with RemoteLive™.