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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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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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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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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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Does including the username in a password make it less secure?

Many registration forms prevent you from choosing a password that includes your username. Is it a reasonable restriction from security standpoint? I can see that if your username is "foobar" and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 I actually care about ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Use of rainbow tables with the NY Times hack?

The NY Times recently published a story about how they were hacked during a four month period. The hacks allegedly were carried out by part of the Chinese military. One part of the story that ...
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Can my ISP know my passwords

If I am using some proxy service, proxy service provider can know my passwords to my online accounts. In which case my ISP can filter my requests and get my passwords to my online accounts? And how ...
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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 possible to detect password length from hash? Does doubling your password add more security?

Assuming a service doesn't store a plain text password, am I right in saying that the answer to this question depends on the service? On a bad service, the hash length is related to the password ...