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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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How to securely hash passwords?

If I hash passwords before storing them in my database, is that sufficient to prevent them being recovered by anyone? I should point out that this relates only to retrieval directly from the database,...
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Should cookies expire?

Let's say I have an account on a blog. I'm using https on every single page of that blog through web server rules, so there is no way to visit the page in the clear text. I'm also using a laptop that ...
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Password expiration and compliance (ISO, NIST, PCI, etc)

I'm quite confused about what is the current state in 2017 for the idea of password expiration/rotation especially related to security certifications as ISO, PCI, etc. I keep reading that password ...
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If password expiration is applied, should door-lock expiration be applied too?

After reading some topics on here about password expiration, and also after reading this comment, a question arose in my mind: if we apply password expiration for the safety of users, should our door ...
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How often, if at all, should I rotate my passwords?

In the course of my computer working I daily use dozens of username/passphrase pairs. Within the limits of my understanding and restrictions I apply the best practices for security. Unfortunately I ...
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Why require new users to change password?

I have noticed that it is common practice when setting up a user account (Windows users accounts and Google Apps user accounts in my case) to require new users to create their own password immediately ...
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Requiring regular password change counterproductive [duplicate]

According to http://www.csoonline.com/article/3195181/data-protection/vendors-approve-of-nist-password-draft.html "There have been multiple studies that have shown requiring frequent password ...
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Does password expiry provide any benefit at all (when using randomly generated passwords)?

I have been seeing a shift in password policy, this has been going on for a while (Article from 2017) but I have only just picked up on this. In my organization we expire the user passwords every 90 ...
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Sequential password updates

Let's say I have a reasonable KDF, and that I make users change their passwords periodically and keep some old password hashes to prevent password reuse. What's to stop the user from changing the ...
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Why should we protect access to password hashes?

Why should we protect the access to the password hashes? And under what conditions can this precaution be omitted?
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Should Administrators regularly change their passwords

CESG state that users should not be forced to undergo regular password changes as it often harms, rather than improves security. Does this logic apply to administrators as well, such as domain admins? ...
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How to strike a balance between security policies and practical implementation challenges? [duplicate]

At our organization, we came across some frequent incidents such as: Reported successful password guessing attacks Frequent password reset complaints We started an investigation to identify the ...
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Storing Old Passwords. Bad Security [duplicate]

I have client who is adamant they want to store the last 4 used passwords for every user and force each user to change their password every 6 months to something not used before (i.e not in the last 4 ...
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Are enterprises Office 365 accounts overly exposed to brute force attacks?

Earlier this year the Scottish parliament was attacked by what described as a “Brute Force” cyber-attack. It was said that the attack targeted “MSPs and staff with parliamentary email addresses”. ...
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Is there any real security benefit to forced password change intervals? [duplicate]

This question is quite basic, but it bugs me and I'm sure it bugs a lot of other people as well. What is the real security benefit to forcing users to change their password say every 60 days or every ...
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Do (uncompromised) passwords ever need changing, if I use a password manager?

For instance, my Google account has a 32-character, random character password that I maintain with LastPass. I regularly flash new ROMs on my phone or otherwise need to be able to manually type in my ...
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Is forcing users to change passwords useful?

In many places, there's a policy that force the user changing it's password once a few months. The logic here is, that even if the password have leaked somehow, it'll be abused only for a relatively ...
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Is using a flash drive as a base for security a safe thing to do?

I'm developing some software for schools. I've found severe flaws with the current popular school LAN protection that I feel needs fixing so I plan on releasing my own software. One the those ...
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Can we simply re-salt password on suspected session hijack?

Looking at people complaining about Yahoo forcing users to change their passwords. We can see that people do not particularly like to change passwords (and whether we change them regularly is an ...
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Requiring regular password change but storing previous passwords?

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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What does “random” mean in the context of password creation?

Disclaimer: as you will see from my question I'm a total outsider in this subject, just very curious. I was wondering how easy it would be to crack a password-protected RAR5 file, and I found many ...
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Why do password creation/login screens hide the typed password?

I realize that the concept behind obscuring a password on a screen is to prevent someone "shoulder surfing" behind a user and seeing the typed in password. As a fairly good typist I have no problems ...
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Is it acceptable practice to only increment a number when changing a password?

Note: I'm not asking about this password scheme is the best or not (of course it isn't); I'm asking about its theoretical or practical secureness relative to the optimal password scheme based on the ...
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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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Best way to encrypt data using php - I am not sure if I doing it correctly [duplicate]

I want to encrypt some data within my php file when I add the stuff to my mysql database. This is how I do it. I create a static key like: $key = md5("pass"); Then I have two functions called ...
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password aging, advantages and disadvantages [duplicate]

What is the advantages and disadvantages of password aging? Should we apply password aging policies? Thanks a lot.
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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 password ...
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Recommended policy on password complexity

Is there any research on how how a password complexity policy can increase or decrease the quality of passwords? If you don't have any requirements on the password then probably 90% of users will use ...
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I found my user details on already old, leaked account information list

I came across an old (>3 years) accounts information list which has been leaked to the web. The list included thousands (>10.000) of account details from a service or services. Apparently the event ...

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