• Why do websites force us to use passwords of a specific length?

    What is the reason that websites have very specific directives about the type of password and it's length that you can enter (8 characters with 2 being numbers, etc.). Are there technical reasons why its this way other than to stop stupid people from entering passwords that are easy to crack?

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  • Does a sysadmin know your password?

    I'm a software engineer at a small company. We've been having problems with our email hosting service. Not so much the company, but the service. While working through the issue with our sysdamin, he asked me for my password and I gave it to him without thinking. Later, it occurred to me that no one...

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  • Security: Sending a password / username over HTTPS

    Inside of my friend's website, when a user logs in, they send their username / password to him over HTTPS. Besides having a SSL, there isn't a special obfuscation of the password (it's living in memory in the browser).Is there anything else he should do to tighten security? Should he keep it...

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  • Tellabs 532L DACS password

    Does anyone know how to reset Tellabs 532L DACS back to the factory default of TELLABS?

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  • Hashing passwords: Is it a good idea?

    Now, I'm not sure if this is the best idea so that's why I'm trying to start this discussion. For hashing passwords, should we use hashed passwords as the salt?$passwd = 'foo'; $salt = hash($passwd); $finalHash = hash($passwd . $salt);The $finalHash is what would be stored in the database. I do...

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  • Passwords stored in memory: Is it safe?

    I recently realized when you save a password in a variable, it's actually stored as plain text in the memory.I know the OS does a good job by forbidding processes from accessing other allocated memory. But isn't it still bypassable? Is there a safer way to store passwords to make sure processess...

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  • Generating strong, unique and memorable passwords

    Can someone help me with good strategies for generating personal passwords that are unique and strong, but easy to remember?

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  • How do I make sure someone isn’t stealing my password?

    I travel a lot for my company and have been doing some work in third-world countries lately. I've been using the Internet at different Internet cafes and I'm worried about if anyone could have stolen my password or listen to my keystrokes. I've heard one way to get around that would be to write...

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  • Why does my organization make us change our password every 90 days?

    The company I work for makes us change my password every 90 days. I know this is commonplace for many organizations but I'm trying to find out if there is a specific vulnerability that it's designed to counter. Or is it just good practice to be done?I know it's a general security question but it's...

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  • Password error

    please help me solve my wifes answering book turbo pascal. I'm not expert to this field but I'm trying to study it myself. i cant solve this one. here it is: Write a program that have a password, and if the password enter 3 times is failed, it will appear 'error'. I would greatly appreciate those...

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  • Why do we trust email for password resets?

    Since email is considered insecure why do we trust it for password resets?

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  • Is password hashing really important? Why?

    I've been studying up on my security expertise and I came across an article that talked about the benefits of hashing a password (as a second layer of defense). This is the trouble I'm having with it:Would password hashing only be important if the system is not strong enough to give an intruder...

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  • Passwords stored in Plain Text?

    I joined a forum a while back and hadn't returned for a while. In the meantime, I forgot my password. When I returned and clicked their "Request Help With Password link", they sent me my password in Plain Text via email instead of sending me a unique link to reset my password. I would imagine the...

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  • Password lockout

    My XBOX360 is asking for a password with my e-mail and it wont let me go any further. How do I find out password/reset?

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  • log in

    My emachine wont let me log in with my password.

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  • Where does Windows 7 store passwords?

    Can anyone tell me where my passwords are stored in Windows 7? I’m looking for a specific location. Also, do you know if they are salted?

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  • Password at boot screen.

    I came home this evening to be confronted with my son asking about my password for my laptop. I have never used a password of any type. I tried booting it as soon as it passes the first boot screen it asks for a password. Blue screen ten digits. I downloaded the manufactures passwords and some...

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  • How to remove the password before Windows XP Pro boots

    There is this laptop that prompts for a password before XP boots. I am seeking a way that this password can be removed. its quite irritating and since the password was set by someone else it is a cumbersome password to remember. Thanks in advance.

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  • Forgotten Skydrive Password, I can access via laptop but not from Windows phone

    I have had to do a factory reset on my HTC 8x Windows phone and have retrieved everything including full Outlook sync, but still cannot access SkyDrive files from my phone.Is it possible to find my password?If it is not and I have to reset my password, does that mean that I have to change my...

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  • What can we do to better protect ourselves from authentication-based attacks?

    According to the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, authentication-based attacks continue to plague enterprises as 80% of all attacks collected by Verizon (and other partners) were authentication-based. Who's to blame for these attacks? Well. Tom Bowers, regional security architect at...

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