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

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Should VPN passwords be stored in plaintext?

I know nothing about setting up a VPN, but it happens that I use a VPN add-on for Firefox, and that the VPN provider stores the user password in plaintext. Last week I installed a VPN add-on for ...
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Sending server-generated password by email

I'm implementing a system where our users need to enter a special (permanent) password to authorise a transaction. The password is separate to their login credentials, and they can only enter this ...
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How can I mitigate the risk of my wifi key being shared with strangers through apps?

Sometimes a guest asks for my wifi password, and I gladly give it to them. Sometimes that guest has a wifi sharing app, and said app shares the key with totally random strangers (I know there is some ...
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Why shouldn't I store passwords in plaintext? [closed]

Why is it so important not to save passwords in plaintext? I think it is the same issue like authorizing a user on a RESTful webservice, where most developers claim: "Don't send your security token ...
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Avast AV could read Firefox saved passwords

My friend uses Firefox's built-in password manager feature to save passwords for sites. Later, after installing Avast Free Antivirus there was a feature called Passwords on the Avast UI. When accessed ...
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Should the salt of a bcrypt hashed password be stored separately

I'm replacing a password storage system. The current implementation uses TripleDES with the key stored in plaintext in both the binaries and the config (in-case one of them is not available for some ...
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How to handle root passwords for a number of embedded linux boxes?

Let's say I create a device which has an embedded Linux box in it (for example, a Raspberry Pi). After booting up, it starts the main application which is designed to provide the UI for the device. ...
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Powershell and cached credentials

In my environment we have powershell remoting off- I get around this using 2 hop scripts, packages(exe -no creds are stored in code- local privs only), and iwmi. I never pass creds to the endpoint, ...
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Passing a hash of a secret to a server instead of the plain text

Instead of passing an authentication token or api key in an http header to a server in the plain text, what if I calculated its hash and passed the hash? This way even if a adversary intercepts the ...
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Revoke access from intranet if an employee leaves the organization

A question has been on my mind lately. Say you have a global organization with intranet which does not exist, but it is supposed to be developed. This organization has offices in maybe 50+ countries, ...
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Are there any examples of huge damages done by password leaks, or bad password management policies? [closed]

Everybody knows that a strong password is very important. However, I can't find any citable public example of any kind where a user or users suffered a heavy loss from using bad passwords, or their ...
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Is attacking a password manager on android with root access a plausible concern?

There is a password manager app for Android that I'm considering using, that reads a database format for a popular desktop password manager. There is one part of this app that is giving me pause; I've ...
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Storing passwords in Confluence vs a password manager

My SysOP team is using a page in Confluence for sharing the passwords of common accounts. I suggested them to use a password manager, but now thinking... is there any benefit? The Confluence page is ...
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What is the drawback of allowing multiple accounts on a single email?

I run a website where users authenticate using email and password. Some users would like to have two or three accounts using the same email address. I see the use case in their situation, and am ...
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Should passwords be automatically reset when the underlying method changes

I'm currently an engineer on a project in development phase. One 'module' on this project gives the ability for user authentication/authorization. However it's come to our concern that the password ...
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How to implement “forgot password” functionality?

For my project I need a "change password" functionality. I am not quite sure how to implement this kind of functionality yet so I was hoping to find some "best practice" on the internet but couldn't ...
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Why would a website that resets your password to one of their choice be considered a plain text offender?

What's wrong with generating a password for you without storing it? Like why is MasterCard on the plain text offenders list?
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Is it insecure to reveal if a password is being used for another account after a set period of time?

Password reuse can be considered a pandemic of security. The obvious way to fix this is to encourage people to use password managers, but (comparatively) few people actually do. My idea is to have ...
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Is it secure to use Lastpass to save my passwords? [duplicate]

I am a Premium user of Lastpass app and I love it, but I don't know how safe is it to put all my passwords in the cloud?
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How do I securely store passwords in my database? [duplicate]

Creating a database for a small question and answer platform and need a way to attribute or create a password protection scenario for the user table.
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How to safely store the most recently used encryption password for subsequent reuse in an app?

Let's say I have a mobile app that can save photos inside password-protected AES-128 encrypted PDF files. For convenience, I want the user to be able to encrypt a file using the previously-used ...
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Single randomly generated passphrase for both identity and authentication

There are questions about using a password only to identify and authenticate a user, rather than an email address or username plus password: Why do we authenticate by prompting a user to enter both ...
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When is a group password for a closed circle of users acceptable?

I am developing a tool for a company, that takes some technical data and creates PDF reports. In the tool you have several text fields, which get filled by the database. If the user wants to, he can ...
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How to determine the good number of PBKDF2 iterations according to technology evolution?

I'm using PBKDF2 to derivate passwords but I never know what can be considered as a "sufficient" value for the iteration count. Technology evolves very fast and I would also like to know how often ...
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Client-side BCrypt, store salt and hash separately in MySQL database [duplicate]

I’m developing an Android app with a MySQL database for storing user login credentials. I’m using jBCrypt for hashing passwords before storing them in the database. On registration, the password is ...
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How secure is Splikity

There's a password app called Splikity. It features: Military-Grade Encryption Encrypted on Your Device Strongest Security in the Industry Continual Security Tests Although I'm sold on the fact ...
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Unable to completely enforce password policy

PCI DSS has a few requirements regarding the password policy (like remember last four passwords, change password every 90 days, use at least seven numeric and alphabetic characters and more). These ...
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1Password for team how secure it is?

I would like to ask you opinion about how secure is the 1Passowrd for Teams. For someone who doesn't know how 1Password - Personal use - works here a summary: You create a master password (hard to ...
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Storing and reading user's credentials on their machine

I am writing a (third-party) client for a game, and one feature that I would like this client to have is the ability to automatically log into the game using credentials previously entered. The ...
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Is this use of PBKDF2 for generating passwords secure?

Reading Security Engineering by Ross Anderson, chapter 2.4.7.1 Password Manglers got an idea that finally seems to solve the issue I have with the existing 'I need to remember a strong* password for ...
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SVN Password Requirements [closed]

Is there a general rule of thumb when it comes to administrating SVN user passwords, should it be necessary that they must meet complexity requirements?
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Why is encryption bad for passwords?

We use PGP for almost everything and it's so infeasible to bruteforce that it's considered secure. This is the guiding principle beyond CryptoLocker. But for stuff like e-mail, SSH and HTTPS, it's ...
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Why doesn't everyone use a password manager? [closed]

People often use insecure passwords or use secure passwords but struggle to remember them. Password managers seem to provide a nigh perfect solution to this, allowing users to create very secure ...
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How should I store a physical written copy of my password? [duplicate]

I can employ all the fancy encryption and the randomest of passwords to my hard drive, but it won't do me any good if I don't remember how to log in. It seems sensible to write down my password, then....
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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 administrator for programmed maintenance). I have requested ...
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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 ...