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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Regulations that specify password length?

I have read: PCI DSS 1.2 SOX 404 AR 25-2 ISO 27001 But only PCI DSS specifies a minimum password length. Are there any other regulations that dictate password lengths for any industry? NIST ...
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Generate user a password instead of asking for one?

I'm trying to weigh the benefits of not allowing users to create their own passwords, but must pick out of a generated selection. Are there any examples of sites that use this approach? Workflow ...
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What are the pros and cons of using a password safe instead of writing passwords on paper?

Many companies have policy again writing passwords and paper and I wonder if there reasoning is sound. Is it always better to use a software password safe than writing passwords on paper? Here are ...
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How can I store a password history to prevent reuse?

I have an application with a user database. The database stores the password using a bcrypt hash with a randomized salt. How can I implement a password history set (to prevent password reuse) in a ...
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Using the same base string for a password in several different logins [duplicate]

It is clear to me that using the same password for different websites is a bad idea because if an attacker manages to get a hold of your password, then he can gain access to the other websites in ...
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Is it a good idea to have a “master” password?

Though I do have a good memory of passwords, it is quite impossible to have one password per application. Yet, it should be... My current way to deal with passwords is to have five passwords and to ...
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Is it safe to show users why their password is not allowed?

/////////////////////////////// Updated Post Below //////////////////////////// This question has received a lot of hits, more than I ever thought it would have on such a basic topic. So, I ...
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Where did common “minimum password length” guidelines originate?

Not long ago, the common wisdom was that passwords should be at least 8 characters long. These days, the most common minimum is 12. Where did these common values originate? Interestingly, 8 is ...
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Should I trust my bank after this [closed]

I have just discovered that I can login to my bank with passwords that is not mine. Example: My password is "1234" but I am authorized with all possible post characters. For example "12345" or ...
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Does prompting for security questions on new computers add any security on banking websites?

When you sign into Bank of America on a computer you haven't used with them before, the site prompts you to answer one of your security questions. How exactly does this make the site more secure? ...
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Should user's password strength be assessed at client or at server side?

Now most of big website like Google mail, Twitter, Facebook have a feature that assesses password strength (check number of digit, alphabet, special characters, or check the similarity over already ...
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How to tell if a site is securely storing passwords? [closed]

A site I frequent has a policy to make you change your password every 90 days. That's a cool policy, but I stumbled upon an old xkcd and facepalmed myself, because lots of doxing happens on this site. ...
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Are the SS64.com password generators a good approach?

There are two password generators on ss64.com: The standard one The strong one How they work I made standalone versions of them, plus copy of the original HTML/Javascript versions, if you want to ...
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How can I prevent users from using bad passwords in my web application?

There is a long discussion on whether it's the responsibility of the user or the system administrator to deal with the strength of the password. Obviously, the password is a very private thing, but ...
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Is Password Complexity required at all

For a web-site I'm using what I hope is the most secure password storage scheme I can find, which boils down to having a salt and hashed password stored in a database of contacts:- Byte[] ...
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Why does everyone require certain password characters now? [closed]

I understand that passwords with varying cases (upper and lower) as well as numbers and special characters are much "stronger" and harder to crack than those that are short and all lowercase or ...
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Requirement to send username and password in distinct email messages

I have an application that sends username and a password by email (random temporary password, mandatory change on first login). A big customer has this policy of "never send username and password in ...
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Sharing wifi at a business - Bad Policy?

Is it safe for a small business to let customers use their wifi while waiting? My friend is starting up a small dentistry practice (1 dentist), and I'm setting up his computers/wifi as a favor. ...
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How does Activesync security policy affect the usage of the iOS fingerprint scanner?

An Activesync IT administrator has the ability to choose if the phone should require a password, and also how complex it should be. Since the fingerprint scanner appears to replace the traditional ...
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Is there any risk in allowing more more failed login attempts before autobanning for a longer time?

By default most software seems to have rather low "burst" settings, like 3 to 5 login attempts before a temporary autoban for a couple minutes. Especially banks have a very low limit before access is ...
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Does a maximum length of password mean non-hashed storage?

When a system requires a password between say 6 and 20 characters in length, does it mean the password is stored without using a hashing function, and that the mysql-field (or similar) is 20 ...
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Password Security and ocl-Hashcat-plus

I recently read the Ars Technical Article about new features in ocl-Hashcat-plus. In light of questions like: Long Passwords: How are they more secure? and XKCD #936: Short complex password, or ...
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Why do some passwords not allow certain types of characters?

Is there any programing related reason why some password cannot have certain characters? If the idea in storing a password is to store it's hash, since a hashing function can take any input (ok at ...
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Are there any guidelines for passwords that need to be read out loud?

I recently saw the movie Olympus Has Fallen. Like in many action movies, at the end a missile is launched, and the hero (Mike Banning, played by Gerard Butler) has 60 seconds to recall the launch in ...
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Alternatives to Common Password Retrieval

Wired wrote an article recently about the top tech fails of 2012 and to no surprise, the password was on the list, more specifically the way a user can retrieve their passwords. What are some nifty ...
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Is my domain registrar storing my password in cleartext? [closed]

I called my domain registrar (unnamed here but not difficult to find out and a major provider) about a year ago to have them change some DNS settings. While on the phone, the customer service rep had ...
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What does “Change your password everywhere else” e-mail from compromised service mean?

I've recieved an e-mail from ubuntuforums.org a couple of hours ago: [...] the attacker has gained access to read your username, email address and an encrypted copy of your password from the forum ...
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Password auditing

Most password policies require the password to be at least 8 characters long and contain symbols from at least 3 classes (lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers, other). Problem is, that a ...
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Would a massive blacklist of guessable passwords be useful? [duplicate]

Suggestions to make a good password all focus on creating a string that a computer (or more likely, a network of computers with multiple GPUs) can not guess. Putting a password meter for when users ...
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Is there a security reason for a site to limit the number of times a user can change their password?

Is there a security reason to disallow a user to change their password as frequently as they want? I have found this security policy in a site and I am not sure why it is enforcing it. One reason I ...
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Is accepting old passwords a bad policy?

This question is inspired by an experience I had today with online banking, as follows. One year ago I opened an online deposit account. (Without naming the bank, I will say the company is currently a ...
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What are the vulnerabilities of reusing passwords for generation of keys and encrypted files?

The main reason why reusing a password for different accounts is not recommended is that if the password is compromised, all accounts are compromised. This question is about vulnerabilities other ...
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Similar passwords can't be used again. A sign of unhashed password storage? [duplicate]

In my school everyone must change their password every six months. The new passwords cannot be the exact same as the old one, this make sense, however many of my peers often complain that they need ...
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Why are passwords limited to 16 characters?

What is the reason that most websites limit to 16 characters? I would have thought the longer the password the more difficult it makes it for someone to crack it? Is it something to do with hash ...
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Intel How Strong is Your Password page, good advice?

I came across this Intel How Strong is Your Password? page which estimates how strong your password is. It has some advice on choosing better passwords including that you should use multiple ...
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What is the best way to hand out passwords to a widely spread diverse employee base?

I have a problem I need to solve - specifically, how to hand out passwords to people in a variety of locations, and with a wide variety of access. I've thought of some options, but there are ...
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Good Password Length [duplicate]

If you are looking to be careful and your passwords include all the types of characters, what is the ideal password length?
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Should I enforce a password policy on a web site?

For a commercial web site, is it important to impose some restriction on passwords to access the system? Eg. special $char, Upper and lower case, numbers, at least a minimum length... Can a CAPTCHA ...
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How often should passwords change?

I'm asking two very related questions As an admin what policies should be enforced regarding the frequency of password changing? I have an idea that users should be forced to change their ...
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Why are Lengthy Password Stronger Than Complex? [duplicate]

So all my life I've been listening to people tell me to make complex password: Upper / Lower / Numeric / Symbols. Recently though I've been reading / seeing that length above all seems to make for ...
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What rules should be enforced for users to create a strong password?

I'm looking for a definitive guide to the rules that determine a "strong" password for website authentication. It seems many websites have many different rules, and I'm not sure what is the best ...
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What do I need to do to secure log-in and registration for my website?

What security features do I need to have in-place to ensure that my website log-in and registration forms are secure?
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What exactly is the impact on security when forcing user passwords to contain a particular character?

Some years ago a sysadmin of large computing centre (on a campus) enforced the password of every single user to contain the character $ at an arbitrary position. They soon dropped this policy but I ...
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Is Username/Display Name Login more secure than email login?

I recently started playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, which for those of you who don't know, is an MMO. Before playing the game, I would always log in with my email/password combo. However, I got an ...
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Password reset links: random value or authenticated message?

Which is better? Create tamper-proof encrypted password reset token which contains the user id and the expiration time within the encrypted token. Generate a random token and store it in the ...
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Account lockout with human interaction required to unlock

I just got locked out yet again from my university's system for typing the wrong password twice, then mistyping the correct one by accident. Now I have to call the helpdesk or go there myself to reset ...
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Is it inconsistent to tell users to “not click on password links in email”, and requiring clicks on “forgot password” links?

On one hand, IT Security shops have been telling users to not click on links in email because they can do damage to your computer, or phish your personal information. Many of those issues are ...
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Generate DB Password from license key - a good idea?

There's this web app which has a SQLServer database, and the connection string it uses to access the database is not stored in any configuration file. Rather, the designers decided it would be a good ...
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Insecure to require numbers in passwords?

Earlier, I went to a site that required a number and special character, and it got me thinking – wouldn't that make the password easier to brute force? If you assume most passwords have around 12 ...
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Banning specific passwords?

There have been a couple of questions about enforcing good passwords, so I thought I'd add my own: In addition to enforcing a minimum Shannon entropy, would it generally be a good practice to ...