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In Linux Mint you have to add sudo before run this script:
$ sudo mysql_secure_installation
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO) this will show you if you do not add sudo.
I have used mysql in Ubuntu and no need to add sudo to use it.
Ubuntu: $ mysql -u root -p, this work fine.
Linux Mint: $ sudo mysql -u root -p
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