I used to run a network with an ssh-only server. All it had facing the world as an actual service was OpenSSH's sshd on a fixed nonstandard port. It also had two fixed and four randomly hopping honeypot ports that added any /24 network that hit them to a 24-hour firewall DROP rule.Once someone logged into that server using their own key or pass phrase, the only command they could run was ssh. All the other servers in the network only allowed ssh in from that ssh box, and by policy their keys and pass phrases had to be different on the ssh server than on the internal boxes. Each failed attempt at logging in caused a 5-second wait, and after three a 12-hour wait.Is it as secure as having the real port hop around and synchronizing that with the clients via a shared secret? Well, I guess that depends on just how secret the shared secret is. We never had any problems, though, and the only thing our people had to take with them were the name of the server, their private key or passphrase, and the proper port to use. They usually didn't have much problem remembering three of those, and the you have the same issue with private keys no matter what (that being that they're only as secure as the system on which they are stored).There's probably some security advantage to the solution presented in TFA, but I'm just not sure it's worth the extra coordination hassle compared to people's home-grown solutions. It seems like every fifth post in the comments is about alternative ways to safeguard ssh ports. Surely not knowing which someone is using provides a bigger hurdle than getting past any single one of them. When you're practicing security by obscurity, which is what this really boils down to, then being more obscure is probably a good thing.The best fix for brute force is the old idea you mention of an enforced wait between attempts. It's a pain when you're locked out of a server you're legitimately allowed to use, but it's very useful to keep brute-force attacks down. Giving a couple of chances with a short wait and then imposing a much longer once after 2 to 5 tries seems to be a pretty good balance.. PANTONE can transform your workspace as a guiding colour partner providing colour systems & leading technology for selection, accutate integration & replication.. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us..