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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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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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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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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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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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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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6answers
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Are passwords that are manually typed in really unrecoverable from memory or disk?

As part of an increase in the security measures for our company, we're moving to making sure all password logins (databases, servers, etc), are done through a password prompt and never using stored ...
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Why is “something you know” the weakest factor of authentication?

Quoting from CompTIA Security+ guide The first factor of authentication (something you know, such as password or PIN) is the weakest factor. Why? it makes sense when we say that humans/users are ...
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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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4answers
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Why use a Smartcard for (Two Factor) Auth instead of another medium?

I recently installed Bitlocker on my Windows 8.1 machine, using only a password. I was thinking of getting something other than just a password for my storage drive, something physical, like a USB, SD ...
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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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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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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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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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