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XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase?

How accurate is this XKCD comic from August 10, 2011? I've always been an advocate of long rather than complex passwords, but most security people (at least the ones that I've talked to) are against ...
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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 where I actually care ...
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Isn't Ubuntu's system prompt for my password spoofable?

Sometimes, Ubuntu shows the following window: This window can be caused by some background processes running, such as an automatic update, or a process which reports bugs to Canonical which manifests ...
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“Allow __ to be fullscreen?”

I have been asking myself for a while what's the purpose of that popup showing up in pretty much all the modern browsers upon entering the full-screen mode of a video or website. It appears to be a ...
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Does the secure attention key really increase security?

Are there any statistics on whether requiring the secure attention key to be pressed on login actually increases security ? I personally don't see the point of that : if you're after credentials, ...
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(ctrl + alt + del) on Windows 8/8.1/10

After seeing this answer I wondered, how is this done in newer versions of windows, where [ctrl + alt + del] is no longer required for login? Was this feature just removed, or is it somehow ...
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Why does Windows 10 not have the secure attention key as default?

My understanding of the CTRL + ALT + DEL keyboard combination is that it is "hard wired" into the bios and triggers an interrupt which historically caused the PC to reboot but in Windows was used to ...
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1answer
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Security benefits of running as standard user vs. administrator

I heard in a podcast a while back (I believe it was Steve Gibson's Security Now) that running Windows as standard user vs. administrator mitigates 99% of Windows vulnerabilities (I think that was the ...
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Would changing Windows Ctrl+Alt+Del provide any security benefits?

Ctrl+Alt+Del is the path to the Secure attention key on Windows computers. Some of the answers on related questions imply it is possible to modify the this. My thinking is that a password does ...
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Does iPhone home button act as Secure Attention Key?

On an iPhone, does pressing the home button act as a Secure Attention Sequence? The home button is a physical button. You can press the home button whereever you are and go back to the home screen. ...