Identity is the property of an object which allows it to be uniquely specified.

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Are GUIDs safe for one-time tokens?

I see a lot of sites use GUIDs for password resets, unsubscribe requests and other forms of unique identification. Presumably they are appealing because they are easy to generate, unique, non-...
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Should usernames be kept secret?

Help me settle an discussion among colleagues and guide future design: Even in a high impact scenario: e.g. protecting payment application or government gateway but in an Internet accessible ...
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Secure Internet Polling

In the United States, there has been a lot of talk about creating a secure polling system that would operate over the internet. I have also heard that Securing a poll over the Internet is impossible. ...
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Besides IP addresses, how else could one be identified? [closed]

OP: I'm curious how else an actor seeking to identify someone online could accomplish this task besides just using an IP address. What methods would they employ? What knowledge must they have of the ...
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Bank account number and account holder in check exposed?

I'm not sure if this is standard practice in all banking institutions but almost all banks where I've received checks the account number of the issuer is exposed (some even the account name). Isn't ...
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Ensuring an HTTP request is coming from my program

Is there a way to ensure that an HTTP request to my REST server is coming from my application? I'm guessing no because whatever I do on the client side, as people have access to that code, they can ...
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How to verify that someone is who they say they are online?

I am working on an online job application web app and the question has come up about how we will verify that someone submitting an application is who they say they are. For example, we don't want ...
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Best Practice: “One per-user ssh key” or “multiple per-host ssh keys” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the common pragmatic strategy for managing key pairs? I was part to a conversation last week about which approach to ssh keys is more “secure”. Note, that when ...
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Benefits and drawbacks of giving an Administrator two accounts for elevated rights and another for daily use, such as email

Microsoft has long promoted the need to separate administrative accounts from regular use accounts, as shown with this guidance MSFT even went to far as create ADMINSDUser rights to put ...
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Is it possible to make a “proof of anteriority” for sites content?

Given a site that publishes unique content online and given that there are lots of site scrapers and persons stealing content and reposting it as their own, inevitably you will have the same content ...
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A Different Approach to PKI

After yet another failure of the public key infrastructure, I was thinking about how broken the whole thing is. This business of undeniably associating an identity with a public key, and all the work ...
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Role Based Authorization vs. Claim Based Authorization

What is the difference between "role based authorization" and "claim based authorization"? Under which circumstances would it be appropriate to implement each of these authorization models?
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Ways to sign gpg public key so it is trusted?

I have a service through SSL which gives the user a code for a specific reason. I want to sign the code with the web server's private key (gpg --clearsign) and send the signed code along so that they ...
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How to secure identity after someone dies?

How would you go about securing the online identity(ies) of someone as best you can after they've died, when they haven't put anything in place ahead of time for this event? Assume we don't know how ...
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Electronic identity and digital signatures - why they are different?

It seems (to me at least) that is is generally accepted that "electronic identity" and "digital signatures" are a different thing. For example, in the Estonian ID card there are two certificates - one ...
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How to prepare for protecting identity after death?

In the context of online accounts and identities, what are some best practices to prepare for the one certainty we all face: not a one of us will get out alive.
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How secure can IP based login be?

From several security books and sites I understand that IP-based security (with which I mean: user is verified only by IP address) is a bad idea. Our idea is not new: we want a one-time validation and ...
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Should I use a cryptograpically secure random number generator when I generate IDs?

It is common to generate random identifiers to expose through an API instead of using a simple auto incrementing primary key. The reasons are many: Prevents easy enumeration. Does not give away ...
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Can windows domains be faked?

Without the equipment and software (and knowledge yet) readily available to test myself, I've been wondering about the relationship between computers and domains in a Windows environment. Some ...
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Best practices for GPG user ids

What is the best practice for choosing GPG user id(s)? I've read various bits of advice, which sometimes even contradict each other. For instance, I've read that one should not use comments, because ...
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UPS my choice — How can I access my public records?

I was signing up for UPS my choice and they asked me some security questions. It asked me questions that signified that it was able to figure out: Who my father is and when my father was born. My ...
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Can SMS text messages be used to verify a person's unique identity through a short code system?

We run online contests and want to eradicate cheating (yeah right), or at least mitigate it. I've asked the question regarding user experience here: http://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/15980/ways-to-...
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How would a nation-state provide an API for its citizens to verify their legal identity online? [closed]

An official nation-state institution, like the Swedish Skatteverk, could easily let their citizens verify themselves online. O-auth tokens could be created by the nation-state institution, generated ...
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Why do file storage sites have a long unique id for their download links?

I'm creating a file storage site and what I would do is just have the download links format as: https://www.domain.com/[id]/[file name] //id would just be 1, 2, 3 etc. Dropbox and many others have ...
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User IDs containing URIs

When adding a User ID to your OpenPGP key, you are typically asked (for example by GnuPG) to provide a name, a comment, and an email address (where each part is optional). This format (Name (Comment) ...
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Spam that comes from names in my address book, but not their email addresses

I've recently received two spam messages that show a possibly worrying degree of knowledge about my contacts, and I'm wondering how concerned I should be. Specifically, the names -- but not the email ...
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Should every SAML identity provider provide a unique public certificate to the service provider?

When accepting public keys from someone setting up an identity provider for access to resources protected by a service provider using SAML 2.0, do you absolutely need to have a unique certificate? Is ...
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Having a consistent “dont reveal email addresses of members” policy [duplicate]

Developers are dogmatic on having "invalid username or password" on login screens; our applications should not reveal if somebody is a member given an email address. But there are two other ways our ...
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Verifying users location & authenticity

I am builduing a business to business website, and users are able to sign up with a personal profile and create a business (like linkedin). I need to verify the following: Business Name ...