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I use both Linux Mint and Windows 7 depending on the task. I've noticed that when I try to login in with an incorrect password it takes longer to tell me so in Linux than it it does in Windows 7.

What is the reasoning for this? Is it to do with the levels of security?

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Either system could tell you your password was wrong within milliseconds. But to discourage attacks by repeated trial-and-error, it's simply good security practice to slow down the response in password systems. By how much is a design decision and will vary from one system to another.

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Obligatory TONT reference. :) – Karan Feb 23 '13 at 17:56
    
@Karan LOL. Yes, yes. I'm just picking off some low-hanging fruit to see if I can finish off the 5000 reputation thing. – Nicole Hamilton Feb 23 '13 at 17:59
    
So you're in a hurry to approve tag wiki edits? Nice, we need better tag wikis here. :) – Karan Feb 23 '13 at 18:01
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Note, of course, that Windows will take much longer to tell you your password is wrong after a few attempts. – Phoshi Feb 23 '13 at 18:47

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