A set of requirements regarding password creation, storage, and usage. These requirements often constrain several characteristics of passwords. So, a password policy is a set of rules designed to enhance computer security by encouraging users to employ strong passwords and use them properly.

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Does an *additional* company-wide password offer any real security?

So, let's say a company has what could be referred to as an "access key". Each user has their own username and password, and there is an additional company-wide access key that people must input with ...
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Complex password rules - is there any sense?

Let us assume that our system is well designed and it limits the amount of login errors so that brute force attach on the user interface is not possible. Say after 5 failed logins for an account the ...
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Is there a FIPS 181 like standard for random password generation with alphanumerical seed?

NIST recommends FIPS 181 as a random password generator for "easy to remember" passwords. As far as I understand the standard: it will generate a password that is lowercase, and with some ...
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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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Is it good practice to mandate input action on the password field in a webapp?

I am of the school of thought that says you should never have the browser "remember your password" because if you use it often enough, you will be able to retain that piece of information. I now want ...
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how is strength of password calculated from standard keyboard patterns?

In password strength calculator is there an algorithm to determine the keyboard pattern? there could be thousands if not millions of patterns that could be generated with a standard qwerty keyboard. ...
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Do spaces in a passphrase really add any more security/entropy?

I often see passphrase suggestions written as a sentence, with spaces. In that format are they more susceptible to a dictionary attack because each word is on it's own as opposed to a large unbroken ...
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Secure Memorable Passwords for Older Users

As with many people who work in IT I have found myself in the position of providing technical support for older relatives. Most of these relatives are not technically savvy and hate the idea of ...
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Why don't we reward users who choose strong passwords? [closed]

Suppose there is a web property that has some sort of reward system or commodity that its users desire. It could be reputation on Stack Exchange-like sites, rank badges on message boards, or add-on ...
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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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Active Directory password complexity based onto entropy

I am evaluating the possibility to enable password complexity rules into my Active Directory, but the rules it offers are for me not good. So I would like to have a complexity rule based onto only two ...
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Password generation based on hash of master password + suffix?

Is this [1] a secure and reasonable way to generate a unique password for login on various websites? echo -n my_strong_master_password#website.com | sha1sum Of course, if my system is compromised ...
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Is password reuse a problem if the password is very strong?

I always read that using the same password on multiple sites is a risk. I'm wondering what is the real reason for this? In my case, I use the same password on multiple sites everywhere. My password ...
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Password Policy: Issue random generated passwords / Let the user choose a password

I'm currently thinking about a new password policy. Originally I wanted the users to choose a password that is X digits long, contains numbers, special chars, lower and upper case,... but then I did ...
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Prevent Plain-Text Passwords Output by a Script From Being Accessible in the Future

Let's say I have a Bash script that generates a password, creates a new user with that password, and then tells me what the password is: # Generate a password and set it to $PASSWORD PASSWORD=$(tr ...
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How to check an open source product for password handling quality?

I just created an account on Magento Commerce, which is an online shop solution. During account creation, I entered a password. Personally I prefer longer, generated passwords that do not contain ...
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What would be a good set of criteria to consider a password safe? [duplicate]

Nowadays we see many websites with a "security meter" for the password. I actually think this is a great feature since it gives the final user the sense of how insecure their password could be. I ...
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Website sent me my new password (after reset) in clear text [duplicate]

I was resetting my password on a website and the website emailed me a new password in plain text rather than giving me a reset link to change the password myself. I logged back in and changed the ...
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Are there risks associated with a strong password reuse for disk encryption?

I understand the risks of password reuse when we share the password with 3rd parties as perfectly discussed under this question: Is password reuse a problem if the password is very strong? However I ...
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Is it possible to make cracking a password pointless to an attacker with database access?

I've been reading information on making passwords secure, but what are the reasons an attacker would want to put effort into getting the original password? If an attacker does indeed have a copy of ...
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On two-step login forms, why is it the login name and not the password that's asked first?

There are several login forms (e.g. Google's) on the internet where you first enter your login name and then, once that's submitted, you get to enter your password. One of the advantages of this is, ...
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If a provider sees the last 4 characters of my password, can they see it in full?

I have some domains/websites as well as emails with Bluehost. Every time I need support, they need the last 4 characters of my main password for the account. They cannot tell me how they store the ...
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How to easily remember lots of different passwords?

I know that you shouldn’t use the same password on every site. But, when you log into several dozen sites, keeping track of all the passwords can be pretty hard. What system do you recommend that ...
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Customized approach to protect plaintext passwords/usernames in database table?

I'm in the process of building an app to let users sign up, connect their many email accounts (like Gmail) to the site, and allow email-related activities... like sending an email (please don't ask or ...
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Strategy for updating stored passwords to more secure hash? [duplicate]

I know that we cannot update our hashed passwords without having the plain text password to re-hash. When a member logs in with login/password, we have the plain text, so that gives us an opportunity ...
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What is the point of making a complicated PUBLIC password?

I have downloaded a couple of Virtual Machine images from http://modern.ie, in order to test different versions of Internet Explorer. When running these images, a complete Windows environment is ...
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What is the argument for the fairly prevalent “No more than n repeating characters” password rule?

So, I understand why most commonly used password policies are used. N character minimum? No low hanging fruit left for brute force attacks. N character maximum? The database field can only be so ...
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Would allowing shorter passwords sometimes be more secure?

Does the act of requiring certain criteria for passwords make them easier to brute-force? It's always seemed to me that when websites limit the use of "insecure" passwords, it might make it easier ...
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Different password for each login - based on some variable

This might sound a silly question, but I was thinking this as and extra option(which is not required) mainly for advanced users, who want to protect their accounts even more. Lets consider that other ...
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Unique Touchscreen Authentication Schemes

I am working on a new software application that will have access to millions of patient medical records. I want this to be secure. The initial thought process was to simply use a standard username ...
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Protecting SSH service with many inexperienced users

One of the universities I know has a rather unique password policy. They issue shell accounts to all computing students with strong passwords that are unchangeable. It is done via the passwd -n flag ...
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What technical reasons are there to have low maximum password lengths?

I have always wondered why so many websites have very firm restrictions on password length (exactly 8 characters, up to 8 characters, etc). These tend to be banks or other sites where I actually care ...
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When do system access policies start to become source of security incidents? [closed]

Consider the assumption we are dealing with systems handling secret information which is crucial for an organization's existence. I would like to know what is a good balance between security ...
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Best password strength checker

In XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? Jeff claimed that password cracking with "dictionary words separated by spaces", or "a complete sentence with punctuation", or ...
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Pronounceable Password Generator

I am currently looking for a password generator which produces pronounceable passwords. I have used this random password generator a few years ago to generate a 42 characters long password and found ...
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How many combinations does a specific password policy allow?

Recently I was arguing about password policies. Assume you have a policy which requires 10 characters and additionally at least one letter, one number and one special character. My companion was ...
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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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Advantages of Enabling Firmware Password Protection

What security advantages, if any, would be gained by enabling Firmware Password Protection on a mac that allready has filevault encryption for the disk?
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How much should I change my 64 character TrueCrypt password?

I got a TrueCrypt container which is using a 64 character password. This password contains all the different kind of characters available to me (upper case, lower case, digits, special). It's taken ...
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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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Forgot Username/Email - Do extra credentials equal enough to log the user in?

I am working with another UX guy and he's let me know that there have been some studies surrounding the fact that when a person goes through a "forgot username/email" process, they enter in extra ...
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How long should the password be?

The minimum password length recommended is about 8 characters, so is there any standard/recommended maximum length of the password?
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Do I need to set maximum characters length for password using bcrypt?

I using bcrypt to create a password hash and in the php documentation it says Caution: Using the PASSWORD_BCRYPT for the algo parameter, will result in the password parameter being truncated to ...
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What are the pitfalls of repeating a password multiple times for increased length and entropy?

Many of us are familiar with this comic. If I had a word like "catfish" and just repeated it an arbitrary amount of times, say n, it would be theoretically stronger. Wouldn't it? One pitfall I ...
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Is it safe to store a password hash history for preventing user to keep same password repeatedly in some cases?

I am developing an application in PHP and it uses bcrypt encryption to store passwords. I want to keep the history of hashes whenever the user changes the password. By doing this I want to stop the ...
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Trusted Platform Module (TPM) secure password

I'm trying to set secure Trusted Platform Module (TPM) passwords on a network and would like to set it to the maximum length possible. How long can the TPM's password be? Is it limited by bits or by ...
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Need some docs that say we shouldn't upper the string when saving it as a password [closed]

I'm trying to find on the Internet some manual, guide or policy secure about applications should not convert lower string to upper string to store as password I mean, don't make ...
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Why Disallow Special Characters In a Password?

The culprit in this case is a particular (and particularly large) bank that does not allow special characters (of any sort) in their passwords: Just [a-Z 1-9]. Is their any valid reason for doing ...
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sample/starter code to test for TRUSTe password requirements [closed]

Considering its a requirement for Truste certification I figure that the code to test for a password meeting Truste's password strength requirements has been written more than a few times. I was ...
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Password reset question answer complexity

I need to implement a password reset feature for a system that will be controlled by a security question and answer pair. The problem is that I can't guarantee I'll have a valid e-mail address or cell ...