Upgraded MySQL to v8 and starting getting connection errors due to how MySQL 8 defaults to auth_socket connections. Applications that use passwords will fail and generate the error:
PHP with MySQL 8.0+ error: The server requested authentication method unknown to the client
The solution is to change the default authentication method to mysql_native_password.
ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'password';
Replace password with your password, if you don't use a password then enter it as ''
Thanks to this stackoverflow post