The functions performed by the person or processes responsible for security of passwords on a given system.

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Pros and cons of this password reset scheme?

I handle the process of password resets at the institution where I work. Currently, we require users to make up questions and answers (three minimum and five maximum); the questions cannot repeat, nor ...
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Inadvertent clickjacking on page causes LastPass login dialog to appear.

I like the idea of password managers but have become leery of the way they interact with browsers (especially given the recent "LostPass" exploit). Today I found that viewing a certain page with ...
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Password manager: should key file be stored on a different device than password db file (even if master pw used)?

Does it defeat the purpose of a key file to store it in the same location as the password database? What if a master password is needed also? For example I save my .kdbx to dropbox as a means to ...
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Concealing passwords — ODBC access with service accounts

On a UNIX system (with ssh access), a Jenkins instance is installed which is being used as a scheduler for some builds. As part of the process, the user which instanced the job is mapped to a service ...
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What is the safest way to store passwords in a company for the case when the CISO leaves?

What is the best and safest way to store passwords in a company to ensure nothing is lost when the CISO leaves. I know this might be subjective and there isn't THE best way. But I'm curious about your ...
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How can I protect myself from false accusations when our company practices password escrow?

During an internship for a small company, my boss created an account for me, so I generated a password and I used it. The next day, my boss told me to write down the password of my account on a piece ...
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staying not signed in: is it the safest procedure?

each time I do connect to a private or public network I log into websites by keeping the option "stay signed in" or "keep me signed in" unselected, so I have to re-type my username and passwod as ...
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Why did customer services say using symbols in a password is insecure?

I am using an online service that I recently had to reset my password because I forgot it. When I went to change password I wanted to use one with a symbol !@£$%^&*(). When I clicked "confirm ...
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Trusted hardware password manager

I feel like I have a very common problem. I have too many passwords to remember, as well as PINs for credit/debit cards, access codes for doors at my workplace or combination locks. I don't seem to be ...
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How do I store a swipe pattern in a password manager?

Password managers are great for when I don't want to remember dozens of logins, keys, passwords and more. But what if I have a few mobile devices lying around? They unlock with a swipe pattern but ...
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What is the point in a password manager? [duplicate]

What is the point in a password manager? All someone has to do is crack the master password and then they have access to all the passwords than you have entered. I don't see how there is an added ...
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sharing a password for short term access to a shared resource

I sometimes need to delegate access to a single-user/shared user website for short term administration purposes (eg. with a junior administator for programmed maintenance). I have requested multiple ...
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Can anyone help me build a combo file suitable for my problem? [closed]

I have a router model C1000A company: CenturyLink Actiontec I bought it through eBay, my problem is that I can not connect to the Settings page because I do not have the admin password (the password ...
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How to manage all the unlock codes for thousands of mobile devices (iPads)?

I need to manage (assign, store, notify, etc.) the unlock code for thousands of mobile devices (iPads). How to manage optimally this unlock code? Maintenance users should be able to access the unlock ...
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Sending a token with a request from one app to another

Say I have an application written in some language and framework (Python + flask, for instance), and have a great deal of the functionality requiring login, and authentication via JWT. Now I want to ...
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How to securely counter users from adding a single digit to their old password upon creating a new one? [duplicate]

Let's say that in the password policy the password history is defined to remember the last 10 passwords. I understand password history exists so that if a password is recovered from a compromised ...
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How to implement a password change policy when user's centralized password is in a lot of places?

I would like to implement password changing in an organization but they have the domain controller/LDAP passwords "all over the place". They have the passwords in a lot of places, for example, in ...
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Under what conditions does Safari have access to the Keychain?

The Keychain is shared among many different apple products and includes asymmetric, symmetric, and other types of security data. People who use iCloud, and also enable the keychain synchronization ...
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Securing HSM's Login Keys

I have an PKCS#11 enabled application which interacts with HSM to store TDES keys. The HSM is initialized with the Security Officer (SO) password provided by the user while the application was first ...
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Copy-and-pasting plaintext data from encrypted container

Suppose we have sensitive information stored in plaintext within a dm-crypt/VeraCrypt encrypted file and this information is copy-and-pasted by a user into a web browser after decrypting (this could ...
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What could be a suitable solution to single factor authorization worksheet bank password circulation with no control?

Passwords for various banks are written in an excel sheet and this excel sheet is password protected. However, there is no control on circulation of this sheet, for many banks only single factor ...
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Should I use Google Accounts or my own hashed password system?

I have a relatively critical control-panel online. If someone with malicious intent were to log in, there would be a significant risk to property. I will be hosting said site on Google App Engine, ...
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How many characters should a password be? [duplicate]

I use the lastpass password manager. Lastpass can create a password from 10-100 characters. I would like to know what is the recommended value. I had a look a look at some questions like this and I ...
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Password complexity policy and practicality [closed]

If you are a user and your company implements a password policy that says your password must have at least 8 characters, at least 1 number, at least one alphabet and at least 1 special character, ...
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Sending encrypted file and password by email

I know that a password for an encrypted file distributed by email should be sent out of band (i.e. not via email), and that there are better options for distributing information securely. But, let's ...
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How to store passwords written on a physical notebook?

Answers to the question "How safe are password managers like LastPass?" suggest that storing personal passwords on a physical notebook might be a reasonable option: I know someone who won't use ...
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LastPass website requests Master Password when creating the account

When I wanted to tryout out LastPass today, I was stunned that the webpage form for creating the account at LastPass actually requested the "Master Password", which is the same "Master Password" that ...
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Storing passwords in text files inside Ubuntu encrypted home directory

I'm interested in getting offlineimap working with my Gmail account so that I can read my emails while offline. My biggest concern with this is that it's a pretty big workaround to get the ...
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How does Nautilus store passwords on Ubuntu?

When I mount a LUKS volume, I get these options: Forget password immediately Remember password until you logout Remember forever I assume the first is the safest, and I can work on the files until ...
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO. Best way to protect personal data against thiefs

I'm wondering what is the best way to protect my personal data stored on Samsung SSD 850 EVO in Linux? I did some research and found this. To set an ATA password, simply access the BIOS, navigate ...
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Does the password manager store the passwords in memory if I lock my computer?

After I unlock my PC the password manager (any type) needs the password again to unlock it's DB containing passwords. Question: Does the password manager store the passwords/DB in memory when the PC ...
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Custom extensions to commonly used ciphers?

I wonder if there would be any value in creating a custom cipher for added security. So, I guess, for example, you have passwords stored as SHA256 hashes, if access is gained to the hashes it is ...
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Is logging a hashed password safe?

I'm creating a login module for Wildfly by extending org.jboss.security.auth.spi.DatabaseServerLoginModule and using log4j2 for debugging. I've gotten into the habit of using log4j2's Logger.entry() ...
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Does having multiple email addresses increase security?

With all the recent hacks and disclosures of email addresses that are happening recently, I was curious if its a reasonable idea to have distinct email address for every website which I have an ...
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Dealing with password vault recovery after a catastrophic failure as a home user

I had a dinner with some friends today, and I mentioned that I use 1Password combined with Dropbox to manage my password. One of them then remarked something which I actually hadn't considered: ...
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Best way to administer all my passwords

I am trying to figure out what the best solution is to store different types of passwords: Personal passwords (my personal email, my company's email, all the services I use to buy things like ...
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How can a weak root password be compromised?

I use ubuntu for personal computing. I've read an advice in many questions here to have a strong root password. I don't understand what's wrong with a weak root password. After all we have to type ...
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Practical benefit of using SqlCredential vs username/password in connection string

Currently I'm using SQL Server Authentication with the username/password as part of the connection string for my web application. As far as I know this standard procedure within the .NET world and ...
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Why is a bad idea to use a common password form?

I've heard that its a bad idea to create passwords based on a common form such as random letters appended with the start of a websites domain name. So for example a password to gmail might be ...
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I have moved to OSX; what is the best way to self manage passwords?

I am going to go ahead and say that I have to trust at some level, therefore I choosing to trust first parties (Apple/Microsoft/etc) for the sake of this question. I used to use KeePass (database ...
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Why does OWASP recommend security questions?

I was reading the OWASP Forgot Password Cheat Sheet when I stumbled upon the recommendation to use security questions. There is even a dedicated page about what information to gather. Whenever I ...
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Can a FIDO U2F device be used for symmetric encryption?

As I understand, U2F is mainly used for authentication. It uses challenge-response scheme to check if the device used for logging in is the same device which was used during registration based on ...
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Using a password hash…as the password? [duplicate]

Ok, this is probably a really stupid idea, but I can't really see why it would be a bad idea. Maybe someone can enlighten me. Why couldn't you enter a password good hashing algorithm like bcrypt, ...
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Require Same Session ID Through All Password Reset Process Steps

Our password reset logic works as follows: user clicks "forgot my password" and enters the email address of the account email is sent with a cryptographically secure token, and the email address of ...
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Password manager's hash choices (scrypt + sha256)

Background information: Master password is a stateless password manager. It (deterministically) generates a password using a hash function, depending on your master password and the site name (also ...
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Why is OpenID considered secure when password reuse is not?

OpenID allows you to use your e.g. Google/Facebook/Microsoft account to log into a third party website. It can be used to log into Stack Exchange. Why is this considered an acceptable practice, ...
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If I enter a password on the wrong site, should I consider it compromised?

I have recently started to make use of a password manager and good password practices. I have a different password for each site that I use. If I accidentally use the password from another site when ...
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What is a Rainbow table? How many hash codes must be generated in the following scenario?

One of the technical access controls used by a company consists of entering a 5-digit PIN. When entered, the PIN number is hashed and the hash code is compared to the stored value of the hash code in ...
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Log User In Automatically After Clicking Account Activation Email

Scenario: Forum account registrations, user must click an activation email after they sign up e.g. they create an account with username, email, password, and an email is sent to the email they select. ...
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What is the best strategy to store and share pem files between team?

Our company's small tech team works with several different servers, to which we connect with pem files. What is a good way of storing the pem files so that it can be accessed by other team members if ...