The user root is the primary administrative user on your Virtual Private Server. In order to modify many
system files, including adding or modifying users, you must be root.
Because root is such an important user with so much power, you should be especially careful about selecting a
root password and maintaining its security. For help selecting a secure password, see the
Password Security page.
Although you may occasionally need to, it is not the best practice to connect directly to your Virtual Private Server
as the user root. Instead, any user who belongs to the wheel group can SSH to the server, then use the
su command to become root. It is also important to remember never to use an insecure protocol such as Telnet,
even if you aren't connecting directly as root. Any non-encrypted data could be sniffed by malicious hackers.
Because the root user should only be used for administrative purposes, root does not have E-mail or Web