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 having a minimum number of digits improve password security?

Some password systems will enforce at least X of a type of character - a common one I see is 'minimum 3 numeric characters'. As far as I understand, simply allowing certain character classes, like ...
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An alternative to traditional passwords: is there some merit to this idea?

If you've got a website aimed at people that are not neccessarily technically proficient, letting new users choose their own password isn't very secure because of the simple fact that a lot of people ...
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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 complexity policy for non “English” passwords

In an internationalized application, what is the best practice for a policy on complexity of passwords? I am not having luck searching for the answer. Wikipedia lists these items for password ...
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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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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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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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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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Send new password by email is bad practice but what to do if user forgot his password?

According to http://plaintextoffenders.com/post/7006690494/whats-so-wrong-about-sending-a-new-password-in it's bad so what to do ? Just ask him to set a new one ?
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Requiring regular password change but storing previous paswords?

My bank requires me to change my password regularly but then they can detect if my password was used before. They probably store the old password (possibly hashed) in order to detect it. I think this ...
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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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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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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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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 are the weaknesses of my authentication scheme?

So, recently, after going through some infosec training (FutureLearn's Introduction to Cyber Security, which I heavily recommend as well-explained newbie material), I decided to take the plunge and ...
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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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Including and storing the order of character entry in a password as an enhanced security measure

I'm sure I will be quickly corrected if this is a stupid idea, or if it has already been tried. My question is: has this idea been tried before? If not, are there good reasons it would not work, or ...
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How to refute “don't use internet if you don't like it” answer?

I hope it is legit question, similar to, for example, Why do law-abiding citizens need strong security?, et al. and it is tightly conected with user's security, privacy, etc. The response I always ...
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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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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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Should password recommendations be different for devices, networks, and internet?

I started using a password manager last year and updated nearly all of my internet accounts to super-strong, unique passwords, and that isn't a problem, cause I only access them from web browsers or ...
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How to prove a password guessing theory from Matt Bishop's book “Introduction to Computer Security”

First, this is not a homework problem. This is a problem from Matt Bishop's book "Introduction to Computer Security" which was used as one of the textbooks for a Computer Security class I took last ...
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Why do some websites force users to come up with difficult passwords?

I can't understand why we commonly force users to come up with difficult to remember passwords. * Your password must contain at least one number, one uppercase character, and one special ...
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Computer team's password change time different from other users?

We need to determine a password policy for our organization. All users, in general, will have 90 days until they will have to change their passwords, complexity required and passwords need to be at ...
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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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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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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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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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How does the mobile security technology APNS and 3LM work?

APNS is an iPhone technology that assists with mobile push. 3LM is a BIOS-level security technology embedded in certain Android phones. I recently got off the phone with Boxtone and they said they ...
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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 ...
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Is there any explanation (other than storing plaintext) for case-insensitive passwords?

I've come across a few organisations stating that passwords are case-insensitive. Obviously this is ridiculous, and a gigantic red flag from a security point of view. Is there any explanation for why ...
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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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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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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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Is there any good (or less bad) way to handle a web portal or website with awful security?

Background: I'm facing a situation with an online site I must (for the immediate time being) use for financial and HR-related matters that just sucks. In every sense, but security in particular. As ...
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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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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 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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Doesn't adding requirements to a password, such as must contain 2 digits, decrease the strength? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Doesn’t imposing a minimum password length make the password weaker by reducing the number of possible combinations? Doesn't any constraints added to a password policy ...
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How does one make password easily forgettable?

Is there any phycological research that appears relevant to making passwords easily forgettable under adverse circumstances? Circumstances might include when under duress, after some duration of ...
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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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What to do when asked for a weak password

The guys who made the security for my country's state bank are completely nuts in all senses. Their internet banking password must be between 8 and 10 characters, and contain only letters and digits. ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a site like plaintextoffenders.com that shames companies that force insecure passwords?

I recently came across http://plaintextoffenders.com/ and I liked the idea. I wondered if there was a similar site that shames websites that force insecure passwords? I personally have a list of a ...
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Home “datacenter” security, where and what to look for?

This is a question to learn more about security management and physical security. I'm running a small serverroom in the basement at home, mainly as testbed for attacks I dont want to try on live ...
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Updated list of bad/overused passwords [closed]

I am building a website, and I'd like to make sure the users don't put an overused password like password or password1.. or any of these Is there a place that constantly analyzes hacked websites ...
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When changing a password, does it have to be completely different?

When changing a password how important is it to have a significantly different one? For example is it bad to reverse the sequencing of the old password to make a new one or change a few numbers?