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

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How secure is the native browser password autofill?

Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and IE all either have a suggest-password feature, or password archival feature. How secure are these passwords when stored on a computer? If replicated, how secure ...
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How does Google not care about “spaces” in Application-specific passwords?

I have recently setup "2-step verification" for my Google account. One of the features is the ability to create "Application-specific passwords " for devices that do not support the 2 step process. (...
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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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How to store passwords in a text file in USB securely?

I am planning on creating a text file to store my passwords, so I only need to remember 1 password (at the moment, I have about 20 long/complex passwords in my mind, and am worried that I might forget ...
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Is it safe to paste secure notes into Notepad if you clear your clipboard? [duplicate]

Password manager software such as LastPass and Keepass often offer some form of a secure note feature, which allows the user to encrypt data with their master password. However, their GUIs may not be ...
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Storage of account password on keychain iOS to enable TouchID login

Currently in the middle of a rather long-winded process of deciding upon the use of TouchID within an application being developed due, to security concerns, and wondered if anyone had any advice? The ...
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How can password mangers be secure? [duplicate]

I have been recommended to use a password manager, but I don't understand how it can be secure. Any passwords it saves have to either be stored in strings or encoded in a way that is easy enough to ...
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Does adding two-factor authentication by OTP really make KeePass more secure

KeePass is an application that keeps all your passwords for you in a database. It is primarily protected by a master password and/or keyfile. If the database is properly encrypted with that password ...
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Security of picking unique passwords for users [duplicate]

I am learning more about security in web design so I can build more robust sites. As I see it password security is one of the main concerns, if a database is hacked then chances are passwords will be ...
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Chrome/ Opera continue to save & autofill passwords after installing LastPass? Good or bad? Enable/ Disable?

I started to use LastPass a few months ago and imported passwords from my browsers. Apparently, Google Chrome and Opera (based on Chromium) still pop-up the option to store passwords in my browser ...
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How to find passwords in memory (password managers)

I’m trying to figure out if password managers such as LastPass 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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How safe are password managers like LastPass?

I use LastPass to store and use my passwords, so I do not have duplicate passwords even if I have to register four to five different accounts a day, and the passwords are long. How safe are password ...
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Do cloud-based password managers invalidate even the most secure architecture?

Can an online password vault, like LastPass, be defended through a security assessment that demonstrates the value they provide outweighs the risks of being a high value target? A valid answer should:...
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How does the “emergency access” feature of LastPass work?

How does the "emergency access" feature of LastPass work? I can't find detailed information about the used cryptographic methods. How can I be sure that LastPass is not keeping a copy of my master-...
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Does the use of an on-screen keyboard give a false sense of security or protect against all types of keyloggers? [duplicate]

Does the use of an on-screen keyboard (OSK) give a false sense of security? For example when people use the OSK in an attempt to prevent key-loggers from logging information like passwords, typed on ...
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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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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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Why does Google require re-authentication before being able to start the password change process?

When a user wants to change the password for an account most web applications present a form where the user needs to enter the new password and the old password. So far I thought that I understood the ...
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How to effectively save database password inside desktop application?

Suppose we are in the field of desktop applications which need to store their data in a database. How do I store the password for this database avoiding the most obvious mistakes, which are: 1) hard ...
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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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Risks and strategies to implement anonymous storage of Google Cloud Messaging tokens?

I'm writing a mobile app that aggregates weather data and generates a push notification when certain criteria are met. The user has the option to change some of the variables (e.g. if the current ...
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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 there any point in using 'strong' passwords?

Let's say I'm setting up a new account on a website. Should I bother using a strong password? My reasoning is this: Password strength is a rough measure of how long it would take to brute-force my ...
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Why LastPass logs me out periodically? [closed]

I'm using LastPass password manager extension in Google Chrome. I have to input your MASTER password (LastPass's password) to login and get all the functionality of the manager such as autofill ...
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Is Google's objective to kill passwords justified?

Google's Trust API has already been tested out in “several very large financial institutions” in June. It apparently uses a combination of multiple weaker indicators such as biometric indicators as ...
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Securely stored secondary password

I'm currently writing a portal site for Microsoft Dynamic CRM, the portal works like this: Each user has his own account to login to my portal. Each user is assigned a seperate CRM credential by ...
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password strength audits and mitigations

Reading this article about detecting bad passwords in the enterprise, made me want to ask if anyone here has attempted any audit like this. It would be an effective attack: There may be a good ...
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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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How secure is a password protected file?

I have a password-protected excel file that stores other personal passwords. Obviously there have been a number of ways to crack the password. community.spiceworks.com Where do you guys store ...
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Are there any security advantages to forcing a password-character limit on reset, but allowing unlimited character in password-login?

I was resetting a password a few moments ago, and I was given a character limit of around 10 characters to make a secure password with. After resetting the password, I went to enter my password, and ...
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How to securely ask for passwords of customer as consultancy firm?

In my work as a developer, I need username/password combo's from the customer sometimes to make sure the settings on 3rd party services are correct to work with the website/application we are building....
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Are there more modern password hashing methods than bcrypt and scrypt?

This question made me start thinking about password hashing again. I currently use bcrypt (specifically py-bcrypt). I've heard a lot about PBKDF2, and scrypt. What I'm wondering is if there are any "...
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What are the risks of storing passwords in a GPG encrypted file?

I currently store my passwords in a text file encrypted using GPG -e (specifying my own public key). When I want to lookup a password I'll do something like gpg -d passwords.gpg | grep <sitename&...
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Keepass Dictionary Attack Protection Strategy

Though pretty interested, I'm everything but an expert in Information Security, please redirect me to any helpful resources if my question is stupid or correct me if my assumptions are wrong. When ...
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How does a key file increase the security of a password manager?

Password managers like KeePass often have an option to use a key file in addition to a master password. I don't understand how this increases security. (Note: KeePass also allows using a key file ...
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Managing and deploying web app passwords

What are some best practices for managing and deploying web app passwords and private keys? E.g. the password to access a database or external services like the Facebook API. I'm referring generally ...
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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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Keepass - Needle in a stack of needles

I got the idea from someone saying the best way is to hide the needle in a stack of needles, not in a haystack. I am considering writing a little app to accompany my Keepass installation. The app ...
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I want to roll my personal cloud hosted Password Manager using pass. How secure/insecure would this be?

I've come to the conclusion that I need to up my security. I currently have a dozen memorized passwords I use for every device and website. I'm against KeePass/Lastpass due to having to trust they ...
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Should all web applications implement a security feature that stores historical passwords? [duplicate]

In addition to Is it safe to store a password hash history for preventing user to keep same password repeatedly in some cases?. Facebook, and other companies, are storing historical passwords of ...
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How secure is the hashing/salting/stretching process as described in this diagram?

Question I was just brainstorming about the hashing, stretching, salting part of the user password in the authentication process and I want it to be as secure as possible (no matter how paranoid that ...
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What are the recommended scrypt cost factors for 2016?

I've been trying to look for the answer, but the latest one I found was outdated by three years. So what are the recommended scrypt cost factors for 2016?
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Multiple passwords, same account, different privileges

Many of our clients in the field often need to use untrusted computers to access their account on our website (no 4G/WiFi). We have had multiple cases of credentials being leaked leading to several ...
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Password manager that uses a mix of long and short key derivation functions [duplicate]

I was reading "A Convenient Method for Securely Managing Passwords, Halderman et al., 2005". In short, the authors say to do the following: cache = very_long_key_derivation_function(salt,...
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What are possible methods for calculating password entropy?

I noticed there are tons of questions and answers about password entropy on this forum, some even suggesting formulas for calculating it. None did answer my exact question. What are possible or ...
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How to force Firefox to remember passwords?

I use 32-character (128-bit) randomly generated passwords. It's a little bit hard to remember them all, so I use encrypted keyring built into firefox. In this way I have different passwords to ...
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Is there any recommended approach for “upgrading” MD5 hashes to something secure? [duplicate]

I'm currently dealing with a couple of user accounts containing MD5 hashed passwords. These accounts got migrated from an old system into our current system which uses PBKDF2 for password hashing. I ...
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Protecting against specialized Keepass attacks

If you look at the KeePass security information, it says: However in all the questions above we're assuming that there's a spyware program running on the system that's specialized on attacking ...
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Manually computable passphrases [duplicate]

I need to revamp my password scheme for my various logins on different sites. I had the idea to try and craft a method where I could, using just my brain, algorithmically recall a password so that ...
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Security of LastPass together with YubiKey

I'm looking at password manager solutions and came across LastPass. I see that they also support two-factor authentication using YubiKeys. How secure is this combination for password management? What ...