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

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Asking questions randomly from a set of questions instead of a password?

I was thinking about this for a while. Say we have an app for which there is an admin console, and we need to provide access to the admin console over the browser (yes, HTTPS). For authentication, ...
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Should a password ever be presented in plain text to a user (On a website)? Is this illegal under UK Data protections act? [on hold]

There is a website I use at work, external to our own. They have just presented with every employee with their plain text password and username via our internal website which requires our own logins. ...
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Why don't people hash and salt usernames before storing them

Everyone knows that if they have a system that requires a password to log in, they should be storing a hashed & salted copy of the required password, rather than the password in plaintext. What I ...
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Is it safe to send clear usernames/passwords on a https connection to authenticate users?

I'm setting up a home HTTP server which can send and receive JSON data to/from different clients (Android and iPhone apps). I'd like to allow access only to certain users and I'm considering using a ...
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Protecting my high-value passwords against offline attacks

Summary I'm a LastPass user, but I have concerns about storing high-value passwords, like my bank password, online. I've read some posts on this topic but still have questions. How safe are ...
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Storing lots of passwords that different levels of employees need access to

I am wondering what other people do for storing passwords. Our current model at my employer is fundamentally flawed in my opinion, so I am trying to see what other people do so I can select the best ...
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Managing website passwords for small team

I'm part of a small group of people who manage a website and the server it runs on. We have many accounts with third-party websites or services that multiple people on the team need to access. What is ...
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Server side encryption [closed]

In my research work i used only server side encryption of data and my external examiner asked that why I used RSA algorithm for encryption on only server-side and not client side so i am confused for ...
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Decentralised password recovery

Are there good/established techniques for password/key recovery in situations without a centralised service? (Anything goes, but I'd prefer solutions that distribute the recovery information across ...
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Store 2-legged one-time password's key securely

I have a system with a OTP authentication and I need a method to encrypt the main "secret algorithm". In my system each OTP has a pair named "solution" and it is also changing like the OTP. I need to ...
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Encrypting short data with RSA only?

I have a case where I need to create recovery accounts and I want to create them so that nobody knows the password to them until/unless necessary. Hence, I thought that I would do it using RSA - when ...
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Why is it considered safe for services like Mint to store bank password?

My understanding is that, typically websites are recommended to store only hashes of passwords using one-way cryptographic hash function. This way, there is no way to retrieve the passwords even when ...
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TrueCrypt LUKS keyfile and password

I understand that a TrueCrypt volume may be encrypted with a password AND a keyfile. As far as I can tell, A LUKS volume may use EITHER a password OR a keyfile, but not both simultaneously for ...
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Does Linux and Mac OSX have built-in Credential/Password Managers with API access? [closed]

Does Linux and Mac OSX have built-in Credential/Password Managers with API access like Windows has with its CredMan (CredWrite, etc). It would be preferrable if they could be used without the need to ...
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Security analysis of Dashlane

I've been asked by a user whether I would recommend using the Dashlane password manager. I'm aware that other password managers have had some significant security problems, including XSS and CSRF ...
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Is the same decryption key used for data on the server as locally with Lastpass?

Lastpass stores the password databases encrypted on the server. Does it give a database to anyone who asks? If no, then what authentication (i.e. password) is used? I use Lastpass on multiple devices ...
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Randomness of hash token in password reset link [duplicate]

I want to know what are the points to be kept in mind while creating a hash token for my password reset links. In particular, how to make it un-predictable for an attacker?
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How could a shared password database be implemented?

In the traditional form, a password database is similar to any other database file, except the contents are encrypted using a key derived from a passphrase entered by the user. The user enters their ...
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Hashing vs “One-way Encryption”

When working on a website application, me and a friend asked a security expert (works at IBM) how to handle storing passwords. After hours of google searches (resulting in hours of ...
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Secure copy-paste from phone to computer

Some computers on my university block the keepass application which I use as a password manager. I'm thinking of building a small web application + Android app which lets me securely copy a string ...
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Why are keyloggers a problem for password managers?

Reading the API definition of SetWindowsHookEx, I see Calling the CallNextHookEx function to chain to the next hook procedure is optional, but it is highly recommended; otherwise, other ...
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Is it OK to tell your password to your company's sysadmin?

I'm working in a small company (20 employees) as a senior software engineer. After having problems with my email, our newly employed IT administrator asked me to write my user password to someone in ...
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Free/Libre software to handle TCG OPAL 2.0-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs)?

I'm in search of a free/libre software that is able to handle OPAL (2.0)-compliant SEDs (i.e. manage the setting of Pre-Boot Authentification (PBA) environment, encryption keys...). It could be a ...
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How does changing your password every 90 days increase security?

Where I work I'm forced to change my password every 90 days. This security measure has been in place in many organizations for as long as I can remember. Is there a specific security vulnerability ...
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How can I be sure Lastpass really can't access my passwords?

The recent, widely publicized security incident where millions of Linkedin were exposed reminded me to tighten up my password practices. I'm looking at several password managers now and I'm especially ...
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What is a good algorithm for memorizing a password in a few minutes?

Let's say I am following good security policy and picking passwords that are: Long Complex (passphrases where possible, otherwise random strings with special characters) Unique (completely ...
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Using bcrypt in chrome extension [closed]

I am developing a chrome extension for this non profit. Im also working on the server side component as well. Im not a full time developer so most of my knowledge has simply come from years of ...
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Is it sensible to use application password bypassing two factor authentication? [duplicate]

I discovered that some applications (like Sylpheed) seems unable to support two factor authentication. Google has a feature called application passwords - a separate password that "grants complete ...
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Additiona security measures for getting Chrome Saved Passwords via password management Hacked or Exposed?

I've noticed that there are quite a few applications out in the open now to decrypt chrome's password management features. I've seen hacks where a hacker remotes into a computer and runs an app ...
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How to change font so simillar characters can be distinguished in Keepass 2? [closed]

I've had problems at work and at home where password managers display similar letters virtually identically. For example it's impossible to distinguish between an 1, l and I. Is there a recommended ...
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Why doesn't SSH use a better algorithm for encrypting keys?

According to the answers in this question, SSH still uses a very basic algorithm for encrypting keys with a passphrase, which can be attacked at a rate of billions tries per second using dedicated ...
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Should password recommendations be different for devices, networks, and internet?

I started using a password manager last year and updated nearly all of my internet accounts to super-strong, unique passwords, and that isn't a problem, cause I only access them from web browsers or ...
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What would be a good way to send sensitive information to users that are not very tech-savvy?

As web developers we need to supply sensitive data to the clients. Clients are usually not very good with computers. They can send an email, pick up a phone call or open a webpage. But won't be able ...
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Testing a password for similarity to previous hashes

This question is a follow-up to a comment by Tobias Kienzler to an answer to "What is the purpose of the “Password minimum age” setting?". Consider a password policy that new passwords cannot be ...
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Double step verification system for homepage

I want to share some of my work with some double step verification system. PGP is not enough, since some of my clients cannot use it. First, you need a password to login but you also need the code ...
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Should an admin user be able to edit passwords?

For your typical web app, should an admin superuser have the right to edit a user's password, or should only that user have the right? (Even with edit ability, the admin would never see the current ...
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Are there best practices concerning application account credentials?

I am looking for best practices concerning application account credentials. For example, suppose I got a corporate application which uses an Active Directory application user account to communicate ...
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Unregistering keyboard hooks by timeout expiration

I'm writing a password manager for Windows which I want to protect against keyloggers. There is a timeout of 5000 ms for keyboard hooks. The hook procedure should process a message in less time ...
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Storing plaintext passwords for cameras - Security concerns?

This question has a follow-up question here: How to securely encrypt data with a public-private key encryption scheme, but also allow decryption if the private key is lost? TL;DR: Can I use ...
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guidelines for password managers

I use Lastpass and I'm testing out other password managers in order to set policy for organizational use. Depending on settings, I've found that these programs can automatically send your password ...
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Can any App Store app access all of my passwords?

Whilst researching another question, I've noticed that on OS X 10.9.4 there are many instances of Library/Keychains/login.keychain from ~ within the Data folder of what looks like apps from Apple App ...
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How can I find out the password hashing schemes used by the specific Unix accounts I log in to?

Every day I ssh in to 3 or 4 independent Unix accounts. I have been regarding them as more or less "equivalently secure" on the grounds that I'm using ssh, but after learning of how much variety ...
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Easy to use, simple, secure password storage method? [closed]

I wish to reduce the barrier of entry to a more secure method of generating/storing passwords. The main stumbling block for anyone I have spoken to, or tried to convince to switch to a password ...
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How do I block LinkedIn from extracting data from Microsoft Exchange Server?

LinkedIn now offers the ability to take a real user and password from the end user and connect to Exchange Server for the purpose of importing contacts into their system. (To do this yourself, click ...
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What if I develop my own hash algorithm to create strong passwords from easy ones?

I came up with this idea but I cant figure out if it's good or bad, maybe you can help. My goal is: I want to create extremely strong passwords for my main accounts (gmail, skype and so on). I want to ...
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Secure password transfer from stdout to another window

I am currently trying to build a little, secure password manager. As of now, I've implemented the encryption. Each website has its own file and each file has a number of fields (Most commonly username ...
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Things to remember while building a password manager [closed]

I want to build a simple password manager for desktop whose sole purpose is to store the passwords that can be read by the user as and when required. I am not considering any fancy features such as ...
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Using a password manager vs manual

was wondering, who still uses the traditional method of storing passwords (in envelope) in an actual physical safebox vs modern methods like password managers? what are the pros and cons of each ...
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SSH password vs. key authentication

I've usually been told that public key authentication is strongly preferred over password authentication for SSH. However our previous admin was against public keys and only issued passwords and took ...
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What to do about websites that store plain text passwords

I recently received an email from a popular graduate job web site (prospects.ac.uk) that I haven't used in a while suggesting I use a new feature. It contained both my username and password in plain ...