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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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 non-...
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Why do banks still hack-up autocomplete=off functionality?

With Bug #1025703 in the latest Firefox 38, Mozilla has finally decided to stand up for its users instead of catering to the banks that don't want the passwords remembered. However, I've noticed ...
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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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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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Password Policy: Issue random generated passwords / Let the user choose a password

I'm currently thinking about a new password policy. Originally I wanted the users to choose a password that is X digits long, contains numbers, special chars, lower and upper case,... but then I did ...
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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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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 character....
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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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How to implement a password change policy when user's centralized password is in a lot of places?

I would like to implement password changing in an organization but they have the domain controller/LDAP passwords "all over the place". They have the passwords in a lot of places, for example, in ...
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Unique Touchscreen Authentication Schemes

I am working on a new software application that will have access to millions of patient medical records. I want this to be secure. The initial thought process was to simply use a standard username ...
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How can I write a good corporate password policy?

Our company works in health care, and we've written a corporate security policy, including passwords. Something that I noticed about the policy and have commented on, it says the password should not ...
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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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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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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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How many combinations does a specific password policy allow?

Recently I was arguing about password policies. Assume you have a policy which requires 10 characters and additionally at least one letter, one number and one special character. My companion was ...
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If A Password Is Unique, Does It Really Matter How “Strong” It Is?

People seemed to find this "If a Password is Super-Strong Does it Matter if It's Unique" question very interesting, but it actually reminded me that the converse question is interesting, too: If you ...
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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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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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Why, after a certain character limit, are larger passwords labeled as “weak” on some sites?

On many sites we see an indicator if our password is weak, or strong, to give us a good indication to go with that password, or not. I've been noticing on some sites, that after x amount of ...
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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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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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Why does ebay prohibit certain characters in password strings?

I had to change my ebay.com password today and, to my surprise, I was not allowed to use certain characters. For example [ results in an 'invalid' password and the system refuses to accept it. Is ...
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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 limiting/cutting password-length without notice insecure?

I have encountered that our linux system cuts the length of every password to a certain length, after that length every additional character seems to be ignored. Does this make our linux system more ...
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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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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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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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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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Password strength metrics

In the question Source code as password I suggested using a combination of entropy and as @Lawtonfogle put it 'meatspace difficulty'. As suggested in the xkcd comic correct staple horse battery is a ...
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Forgot Username/Email - Do extra credentials equal enough to log the user in?

I am working with another UX guy and he's let me know that there have been some studies surrounding the fact that when a person goes through a "forgot username/email" process, they enter in extra ...
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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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Protecting SSH service with many inexperienced users

One of the universities I know has a rather unique password policy. They issue shell accounts to all computing students with strong passwords that are unchangeable. It is done via the passwd -n flag ...
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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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What is the argument for the fairly prevalent “No more than n repeating characters” password rule?

So, I understand why most commonly used password policies are used. N character minimum? No low hanging fruit left for brute force attacks. N character maximum? The database field can only be so ...
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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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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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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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How secure is changing or adding a single character in your passphrase?

I'd wager quite a many people are required to periodically change their passwords for certain applications or even at the office. I'd also wager that a large percentage of these people "change" their ...
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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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Prevent password reusing across different sites

I'm generally against too strict or complex rules to accept passwords (rules like "It must contain at least one upper-case character, one number and one symbol" and things like that, see also XKCD #...
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Adding a new user: email temp password vs link with token

I'm a developer working on a website for the first time and have a question about new user activation. The way our site is setup now a user creates a new account and they get emailed a temporary ...
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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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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 locally reusing a password a bad practice?

All my valuable data is in VeraCrypt volumes. The (very strong) keys of the volumes are stored in a single KeePass database, which uses a reasonably strong password. I want to encrypt my backups too, ...
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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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Why are lengthy passwords stronger than complex ones? [duplicate]

So all my life I've been listening to people tell me to make my password complex: upper case / lower case / numeric / symbols. Recently though I've been reading / seeing that length above all seems to ...
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Are there risks associated with a strong password reuse for disk encryption?

I understand the risks of password reuse when we share the password with 3rd parties as perfectly discussed under this question: Is password reuse a problem if the password is very strong? However I ...