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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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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 ...
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Is it possible to change the wifi password with a script?

I was wondering if it is possible to change the password for a wifi with a script instead of having to log-in to the routers firmware?
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What are RealVNC 5.0 Authentication Protocol Security Limitations?

In the old version of RealVNC, the password length was limited to 8 characters which was easier to be cracked. They have now increased the password length by 255 characters, will this make Realvnc ...
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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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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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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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Are we concentrating too much on password complexity?

As a developer and/or user, do I really need to worry about password strength if the system does not allow brute force attack to be feasible (implements a delay or attempt counter) or implements a ...
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Is a One Time Password Scheme based on Diceware viable and secure?

I recently learned about diceware and was thinking about how it could possibly be used to create a one time password scheme. I'm thinking S/KEY is probably more appropriate, but would a system that ...
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At what point is password complexity “safe enough”

Obviously the best passwords will be highly complex randomly generated passwords stored in a password vault. For the average user though, this might be a slight overkill. Assuming that the average ...
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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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Why don't people hash and salt usernames before storing them

Everyone knows that if they have a system that requires a password to log in, they should be storing a hashed & salted copy of the required password, rather than the password in plaintext. What I ...
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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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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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Is dual control password is a feasible way to secure against unauthorized login?

I see that some organizations practice dual control password especially when it comes to critical system logins, etc. Is it feasible to implement such policy considering certain trade off such as ...
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My credit union is reducing its maximum password length to 10 characters

I just received an email from my credit union saying they are redesigning their online banking service and that I will need to change my password by October 22 to conform to the new limit of 10 ...
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How secure are passwords made of whole english sentences

I often read as an advice to build strong passwords, just to think about a sentence and then take the initial letters. For example take a nonsense sentence like "I watch Grey's Anatomy at 9.40" gives ...
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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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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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Why do some sites prevent users from reusing their old passwords?

I have always wondered why it is that bad to reuse old passwords; it should not be the end of the world if we happen to use an old password that we previously used. After all, I believe most of the ...
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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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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 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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How to make an outbound request to users to update their passwords?

Clearly it works best if the request to update a password happens as a response to an inbound request to access a known system, but how do you make an outbound request to users to update their ...
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How can a service shorten a password if it is not stored in plaintext? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can Microsoft validate a shorter password on Microsoft accounts (MSDN)? My Microsoft password was 18 characters long and when I updated to Outlook.com it started to ...
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Why do some large companies still store passwords in plain text/decrypt-able format? [closed]

In the last couple of weeks I've come across two fairly large companies who seem to not have stringent password security: Tesco - they store passwords in an "encrypted" format, yet they can decrypt ...
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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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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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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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is it appropriate to set restrictions on a user's password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? Im developing a website and am curious as to the current trends in the nature of passwords. Is it good ...
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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?
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Password security : complexity and length [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? I've read that there is many solutions available to crack passwords. Reading these tips, I can ...
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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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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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In what situations are web services required to protect confidentiality of user information?

I know that if a web application needs to be PCI-DSS or HIPAA compliant the user personal identifiable information (e.g. user password, etc) needs to be kept confidential. Under what other situations ...
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Long Passwords: How are they more secure? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? How are long passwords more secure? The only situation in which I can accept long passwords are more ...
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Is it common practice to log rejected passwords?

While selecting unique passwords for each purpose is a great idea, in practice this rarely happens. Therefore many select passwords from a personal pool of passwords that are easily remembered. When ...
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Using passwords made of words

People say don't use passwords in the dictionary but if you use two words isn't it alright? Dictionaries have at least 10,000 entries so just two words will be 100,000,000 possibilities (and that's ...
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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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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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What's the idea behind requiring users to change password periodically? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does changing your password every 90 days increase security? Some sites require users to change their password every x days. For example, at least 3 online banking ...
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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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Lastpass - Can I just keep the previous autofills? [closed]

I just installed the Lastpass Firefox plugin, and it seems like a useful tool thus far. The only thing that drives me crazy is that I am used to the Firefox saved passwords where it will show the last ...
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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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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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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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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 ...