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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Sequential password updates

Let's say I have a reasonable KDF, and that I make users change their passwords periodically and keep some old password hashes to prevent password reuse. What's to stop the user from changing the ...
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What is the solution for handling exceptions in password hashing schemes?

There is a technique called password hashing that describes creating unique passwords based on a unique master key and a static and arbitrary hash value. Using this technique, the user only has to ...
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Passwords: Symbols and length > 20 disallowed [duplicate]

I'm going through a bunch of accounts at the moment changing my passwords, some of them are looking a little weak and i've reused them, but i keep coming across websites that don't allow you to use ...
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Are single case alphanumeric passwords the most user friendly?

We are often advised, or required, to compose passwords containing all of the following: numerals, lower case letters, upper case letters and some special characters. In my view this is not the best ...
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Is it ok for software to store passwords locally in plain-text?

There are already plenty of questions about what to do when websites store plain-text passwords. But this one is a little different. I use a piece of open-source (see below) software for playing ...
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Could Mental Cryptography(?) be useful to ordinary users?

I recently read about 'Mental cryptography' or 'Metal hash' process from this post: Mental cryptography and good passwords (via this message board ...
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New payment option on Paypal “Enter your online banking ID + password”: Any mechanism that could make this safe?

Paypal has a new payment option called "Bank Account" which says: Enter your online banking ID + password QUESTION: To me it sounds unsafe (ie: sends my password to a third-party organization ...
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Does a random set of secondary passwords add any security?

My bank uses this rather uncommon policy of authentication. They of course have a password, which has quite strong password patterns like "use alphanumeric characters and symbols, 8+ characters" are ...
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Does Username + Password + Pin improve login security?

I've been asked to add a feature to a website to require a pin for users. The site currently uses username and password. If a user wants to change their password they need to supply the current ...
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How secure is this method to remember security questions?

So I found an interesting method of remembering those pesky security questions. Basically, the guy takes a hash of the question (IE what is your mother's maiden name?) and then appends his own ...
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What is the point in having arbitrary username requirements?

I've looked around on Security.SE, but couldn't find much related to the following problem: I recently signed up for Chase Quick Pay as my method of being paid by a part-time job. I've heard of ...
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Are weak passwords acceptable for internal development?

We have a number of internal development environments that use weak passwords in the Auth and SQL components; particularly using passwords such as "password" or "Password1". These are obviously ...
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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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Authentication with an untrusted server

I asked a related question earlier, but I want to ask a broader version this time: To simplify things let's say I've developed an application that allows users to send messages in a chat room, and to ...
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The registration confirmation email contains my password: do they keep it in plaintext?

I was kind of shocked when I just received my confirmation mail from the shop where I just registered myself: they sent my username (which is my email address) and the password I typed in. The ...
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Does the order of characters in a password matter to its security?

We all know a password should contain a healthy mixture of letters (upper and lower), numbers, and special characters. But does the randomness of their placement matter. Of course for letters it ...
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Importance of password strength with secure element?

Greetings SE security community. Background: I have a number of items like certificates, databases, and encrypted file systems that require private keys. In order to avoid having duplicates of these ...
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Why do password strength requirements exist?

Password strength is now everything, and they force you to come up with passwords with digits, special characters, upper-case letters and whatnot. Apart from being a usability nightmare (even I as a ...
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What implementations are possible for dual control?

An organization requires employees to use 2 person authentication in some scenarios. That is, when accessing, say, a server, secret knowledge from 2 people should be used for authentication. No one ...
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How could someone change a root password without modifying `chage -l root` date?

How could someone change the root password without changing chage -l root Last password change date? I know it was changed because it does not match the value in Keepass. I noticed when I tried to use ...
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Password reset system code system vs long hash

I'm building a password reset system at the moment and I've come across a dilema. Currently we have a system which creates a long md5 has (16 characters) and emails a link to a customer which they ...
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Aren't password managers still incredibly risky?

I understand the utility in having one application remember a bunch of long, randomized passwords, but all you'd need is one well-placed phishing scam or a keylogger and they get all the keys to the ...
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Why not allow spaces in a password?

"Your password can't contain spaces." is a message I see from some websites, including 1 . Why? (This question is very similar to Why Not Allow Special Characters In a Password? , but the answers ...
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Guidance for “image based” password reset challenge

Thycotic has a Password Reset Server that allows the user to select from several images. What general guidance is there for an image-based password reset challenge question? Examples may include ...
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Enforcing password change

When a site gets hacked, or otherwise, the web site forces you to change your password. This is done by simply telling you to change your password, not enforcing it. Why do they do that? For ...
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Why would you not permit Q or Z in passwords?

Jetblue's password requirements specify that, among other stringent requirements: Cannot contain a Q or Z I can't fathom a logical reason for this, unless it were say, extremely common for the ...
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Why do websites limit password length? [duplicate]

I just made a new account with some eGov service (Belgian government). I use LastPass (which generates long, random strings for each site), But the system told me that the maximum allowed length was ...
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Is it possible to have a high confidence that a password is not being reused?

Have a few thoughts on the topic, but the general gist is if a user inputs a new password, is it possible to have a high confidence that a password is not being reused elsewhere? By elsewhere, I mean ...
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Best practice for forgot password form, ok to leak that a given e-mail is invalid

On our forgot password reset form, is it ok to leak that a given e-mail address entered is invalid? Or should we always just return success and check your e-mail, even if the e-mail is not valid. I ...
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Logging “password with counter” use

When prompted to update their passwords after they've become stale (whether that's after 30, 60, 90 days — whatever is implemented by policy), many users simply increment the number that they may have ...
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how to use hash passwords to retrieve keys from keystore or access database

How do I hash the password for a keystore? How do I then use the hash to retrieve something from keystore? Similarly, how do I use a hashed password for accessing the database? I have encrypted the ...
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What are the implications of an overly-restrictive password policy? [duplicate]

I came across an interesting password policy online recently: "Please be sure to enter a password that meets the following criteria: must be 8 characters long must not be based on dictionary words ...
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Is saving passwords in Chrome as safe as using LastPass if you leave it signed in?

Justin Schuh defended Google's reasoning in the wake of this post detailing the "discovery" (sic) that passwords saved in the Chrome password manager can be viewed in plaintext. Let me just directly ...
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Is there an anti virus that protects processes from being injected code to?

As title says, is there an av that does that? And if not, is there any other program that protects processes like lsass in windows, apart from protected process utility in win8.1?
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Is there an equation to calculate the number of instances of a series of characters exist in a given key space?

If I'm using 16-18 character-length passwords with 94 different possible values-per-character (lower alphas, upper alphas, numbers, and special characters), is there an equation I can use to calculate ...
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Who is responsible for the strength of user's passwords?

Who is responsible for a user's password's strength? Is it us (developers, architects, etc.) or the user? As a web developer, I've frequently wondered whether I should enforce the minimal password ...
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How often should I reset my salt?

I'm thinking of implementing a salt recycling scheme on my user credentials database. The motivation behind this decision is that even if the attacker manages to get his hands on the database and has ...
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How can I promote good password practices in an organization that doesn't currently care about that?

I work with an organization that uses some very poor practices such as using default user accounts, default passwords (or passwords the same as user accounts), sharing password information between ...
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What are the possible rules to identify password sharing- to prevent fraud

I am trying to build correlation/ potential red flag rules to detect if passwords are being shared or stolen... the primary driver for this is guidance from our compliance team, that much of our ...
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Why is password strength often underestimated and uncertain in the context of password hashing?

An aspect of security has bugged me for a long time: Why is there positive certainty about the importance of hashing algorithms and salts, but password strength is either never mentioned at all or ...
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What's wrong with a website including a password in a confirmation email? [duplicate]

I recently registered for a website and received an email that said "Thanks for registering, here's the username and password you used to sign up". The webmaster assures me that plaintext passwords ...
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Does it make any sense to alter a hashed password? [duplicate]

I've always wondered if it would make any sense to put fake characters into a hashed password? For example this is my password: 1234 and after hashing the password , this is the result: abcd Then ...
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Why don't we do dual password instead of forgot password?

You can see a link Forgot Password? nearby almost all login form. As I mentioned in question, Since passwords are completely protected from outside access unless owner reveal, I come up with this ...
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Is it a good idea to give users an additional password that they do not control?

It's a given that users will choose bad passwords. Why not help them out? Using a securely-random choice from a large dictionary, choose one or two words and tell the user to write them down. When ...
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Using a Hash as a Salt? [duplicate]

Ive done a bit of reading on the subject of Hashes and Salts and I came up with an idea for a salting scheme but I wanted to check it with some people more learned than myself. My basic idea is to ...
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Do you think it's a good policy to disclose your password encryption method to users? [closed]

Do you think it’s a good idea to disclose your password encryption policies in your privacy policy or terms of service agreement? In other words, would you tell your users - and the world - you don’t ...
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Does my account lockout policy makes sense?

I have a web-based application where users can log on with username and password. I just implemented a new account lockout feature and was wondering whether it makes sense or I totally screwed it ...
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Is it bad to use the same sequence of characters in each password?

A friend of mine purposed a method of making passwords where each has the same base and added to it is something indirectly related to the site or product being signed into. For example all passwords ...
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Problems with undefined password requirements [duplicate]

An annoyance of mine is when websites try to force me to use characters or a password policy that makes it difficult for me to remember (e.g. a number, lower-case, upper-case, special char, 5 - 10 ...
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Are longer passwords more secure? [duplicate]

There are more and more sites claiming that long passwords which are chained words are not only easier to remember, but also more secure then short but obscure ones. Don't get me wrong: I totally get ...