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comment Is it bad practice to ask only for individual characters of a password?
@ThomasPornin already gave an excellent answer. Just wanted to add another reason why this is a horrible idea: How quickly could you remember your password's 3rd, 9th, and 11th character right now? You need to look at the password in plain text! This specific policy just makes it a LOT more likely for people to have to write their passwords down, and/or keep them stored in plaintext somewhere (think gmail, plain text files in their hard drive, Post It, etc). And then, these can get lost, misplaced, or easily stolen.
Aug
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comment How do you know a computer is not compromised when you first get it?
+1 here for diverse double compiling. I'm still surprised the world at large is not aware of how important this is. At least the GCC project is others are using it to confirm there are no hidden backdoors in the compilers themselves. So anybody using GCC should be ok.
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comment Are passwords stored in memory safe?
+1. Do you know if there's been any efforts to do anything like this in modern laptop/desktop computers? I bet at least a few industries (think military, government) would be interested in having access to this level of security. Or this would have to be a totally customized electronic appliance?
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