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

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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 ...
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Centralized local hosted web based password manager

In our company we have more than 100 employers and everyone use several online applications daily. To access all of this sites they need a password which was now stored very insecurely. so I'm ...
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How does a hash which contains algorithm to choose can be secure?

I was thinking about creating my own hash+salt function, something like sha1(password + md5(login)), then I read here (part 4) that creating it's own hash+salt function is a bad idea, because if the ...
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How to store passwords in database so that they can be retrieved?

I'm developing a password manager web app. It's just for fun: I'm not exposing anybody's passwords. My idea was to use hashing+salting, and that's what I did for the master password. But then I ...
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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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Is this idea for a password manager secure? If so, why doesn't anybody use it? [closed]

I've been thinking of a problem with usual password managers: although they do provide better security than manually using passwords, there's a central database that can get lost, get compromised, ...
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Security implications of syncing with off-site keepass database

Is it a safe practice to sync with a Keepass database that is stored on an off-site server? Database is accessed primarily through my Android running 4.4.2. I access/sync my Keepass database by ...
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Password security when connecting to ldap with rails application

How do you store a username/password securely in a rails app when using it for many ldap searches? The connection in the app requires ldap_bind_authenticate(Net::LDAP.new, username, password) ...
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Secure Distribution of Admin-Defined Credentials to End-Users [duplicate]

Situation: I need to safely send database credentials created by the admin to users in a secure fashion. Currently, creds have been sent to users via plain text email (which is a huge security ...
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Are there any passwords managers that use a second hidden encryption drive to hide passwords?

I've heard that encyption program, Truecrypt can create a hidden encrypted drive within an encrypted drive; and even if an attacker accesses the first encrypted drive he/she cannot prove the hidden ...
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How to find passwords in memory (password managers)

I’m trying to figure out if password managers such as last pass store passwords in plain text (or hash values that can then be decrypted with the master password) in memory after a user logs into the ...
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Password manager like LastPass with security guarantee or warranty? [closed]

I enjoyed a related question How safe are password managers like LastPass? My question is whether any password management companies (LastPass or similar) are offering a financial or liability ...
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Any security risks for the login authentication and change password on the same page?

I want to ask if there are any security risks for the login authentication and change password on the same page? Normally the user needs to authenticate first in order to see the password change ...
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What should be used as a salt?

I always hear that it is best to use salts on top of stored passwords, which then somehow gets concatenated and hashed afterwards. But I don't know what to use as a the salt. What would be a good ...
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How can I ensure safety when literal passwords are required

I have a case at my hands where my server needs to make automated API calls that require authentication. Hence the server will need to know the literal passwords to make those calls. What options do ...
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Is google saving clear text passwords? [closed]

On your GMail account you have the option to add other POP3 accounts to automatically fetch mail from them; Google Mail Fetcher. When enabled you have to specify your username and password, and the ...
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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 it possible to easily retrieve Thunderbird's passwords with access to HDD?

I know Firefox 8 stores it's passwords in a SQLite database, which can easily be stolen with access to the HDD! What about Thunderbird 8? How does it store the passwords and how can one retieve them? ...
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Where to store hashes, salts, keys in Desktop Applications

I am trying to figure out where or how i should store application secrets and keys inside a desktop application. For example a facebook app key or dropbox key and secret. So I've read that i should ...
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Store/retrieve users passwords on server (using password managers ?) [closed]

I am working on a project in wich a school's server will need to use students' passwords periodically to connect to another website for them. I am aware that storing users' passwords in a server ...
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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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Is Django's approach to password reset tokens secure?

I am implementing a password reset feature for a web application and am contemplating adopting an implementation similar to Django. In a nutshell, Django creates a token who is comprised of a ...
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Is KeePass a good defense against keyloggers?

KeePass is a program in which you can store your password and copy and paste them into websites. Does anyone know if it is safe against key logging software? Does key logging software pick up what you ...
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Is there a way to securely store unsalted passwords?

So, obviously I'm not talking about username/password pairs here, I plan to store passwords with two salts and three hashes, but what occurred to me is that if I had a table where I kept pairs: ...
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Should I change the password of my password manager regurlarly?

A password manager stores many sensitive information like passwords, pins and so on . To access this data my should use a strong password/passphrase in order to protect our data. This password is more ...
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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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Saving username and pasword inside SQL

I am currently managing a network of around 100 PCs. Many users have different mails/usernames and passwords for different services like login to PC, mail, local applications, ... When an application ...
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What's the rationale behind Ctrl-Alt-Del for login

Why is Ctrl+Alt+Del required at login on certain Windows systems (I have not seen it elsewhere, but contradict me if I'm wrong) before the password can be typed in? From a usability point of view, ...
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How YubiKey Challenge-Response works “locally”?

I have got a YubiKey NEO recently (and a bit disappointed that you can only have two activated second factor authentication methods out of all the listed). In password managers those support YubiKey, ...
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Is “different usernames” as good as “different passwords”

The answers to this question, and the associated xkcd got me wondering: if I use different account names in every service, then can I use the same hard-to-crack password in each? I'm thinking that ...
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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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Is there a method of generating site-specific passwords which can be executed in my own head?

I was thinking recently about password security. My goal is to have mostly random passwords, that are different for each site. But you also should be able to remember them (or re-generate them) ...
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How can I detect users that have requested AD Administrators to reuse an expired password?

There is a trend among companies I've worked at where administrators (or helpdesk folks) give a user a courtesy extension of the old expired password... rather than forcing the user to change it. ...
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Hashed master password and generated encryption key in a password manager program

I'm writing a WPF password manager application to practice programming, so far this is the scheme I intend to use to store master password and individual site password: Master password: Generate a ...
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Do security questions subvert passwords?

Do security questions subvert hard to crack passwords? For example, if a site requires passwords with a certain scheme (length + required character sets) and has a security question, why would someone ...
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Microsoft password email reset link leads to different url?

...I am really annoyed and unsettled by the password reset email I just received from Microsoft. What should I think of this? My email client correctly told me that the underlying url is not the same ...
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Should I use FileZilla?

Recently, an increasing number of people have started advising moving away from FileZilla. However, the only reason I can see for this is that FileZilla stores the connection information in a ...
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How is password information stored and used on Android accounts?

How difficult would it be for someone who stole your device to gain access to the username and password information stored under the Settings -> More -> Accounts section of an Android device? ...
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What is a good practical (and sane) way to manage all your passwords for online sites?

I am just a mere mortal that wants to have a somewhat secure way of managing all my passwords. This is something that I have been putting off, but since LinkedIn decided to give away one of my ...
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Password management: how an administrator should reset password for a user?

I implement simple user management. How an administrator should reset password for a user? Just provide a new password for a user (as in Active Directory)? Is it secure enough? Added Is it secure ...
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Why do banks still hack-up autocomplete=off functionality?

With Bug #1025703 in the latest Firefox 38, Mozilla has finally decided to stand up for its users instead of catering to the banks that don't want the passwords remembered. However, I've noticed ...
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Best practice for identity management methods with regards to confirming user existence

I'm working on a new site that uses asp.net identity to register users. I'm making use of email addresses as usernames and the email address has to be confirmed before the user can log in. I've been ...
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Using PGP to encrypt emailed password reset token

Even if I am careful not to lose/forget my password for some web account, other people are not and so most sites have a password reset mechanism, often being a reset token sent to the registered email ...
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Is hashing a string a secure manner for generating passwords?

I have several servers that I'm using for an online business. I have passwords for MySQL, Wordpress, SSH, FTP, Domain Provider, Paypal, and many more. I wanted to have a different, very long password ...
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Why will Google no longer allow me to end or begin passwords with a space? [closed]

Why won't Google allow me to use a password ending in a space anymore? Backstory: I have memorized a cipher that allows me to generate a different and very strong password across many different ...
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Are services like “LastPass” less secure, as they have all my passwords protected by a single password?

If the LastPass service has all my passwords and someone gets access to my LastPass password, this person will have access to all my passwords. Isn't that bad for security?
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Does LastPass' multi-device functionality significantly compromise its security?

I think LastPass is a great consumer product because it allows users to conveniently utilize unique strong passwords for each site they use it with. It does encryption locally, but the fact that I can ...
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Is secure tokens send by email secure? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with the reset password function of a web app, the way i'm inclined to do it is by sending a token based url to the email of the user and than the user can access and reset its ...
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Is drag-and-drop safer than using the clipboard when it comes to protecting sensitive data from keyloggers?

I noticed that multiple password-locker applications recommend that you use the drag-and-drop feature to transfer passwords to login forms instead of copying the passwords to the clipboard or having ...
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Which passwords to exclude from a password manager?

The benefits of a password manager are clear. Still, it seems that there might be a case to keep at least some passwords out of it: Your primary e-mail, to minimize the "single point of attack" ...