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1answer
87 views

Has my password been compromised?

I just tried to register an account at www.mysonicwall.com (irrelavent) and got this error message: This password is publicly available in hacking/security forums and can be easily compromised. ...
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2answers
35 views

Why is the advice to change passwords following a data breach? [closed]

We frequently see news stories about high profile security breaches such as ebay and another at apple. As a developer I know the importance of salting and hashing passwords. Assuming these high ...
0
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2answers
128 views

Can someone steal my WiFi password? [closed]

I was wondering today about ways someone could steal my password and I came up with a few questions. I think it's the best to let them be answered by SuperUsers :) My questions: Is someone emitting ...
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2answers
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I'm using Chrome and Chrome Sync; does Google have access to my passwords?

I've been using Chrome (and Chrome Sync) for many years now. Does that mean Google, the owner of Chrome, knows all my passwords? I ask because I realized that Google owns Chrome, and also, it is a ...
0
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1answer
36 views

Lost password of sata disk

a customer of me lost his password of a secured sata disk (Seagate). I read that SATA has a security extension which disables the disk by the controller after some wrong attempts. I also read that ...
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3answers
61 views

Why does email allow sender impersonation?

Anyone who's used a bit of PHP to send an email knows that we can use whatever name we want as the sender of an email. To the secretary of a specific business, I can send a message requesting very ...
2
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1answer
70 views

Adding a startup password to a browser

In my work computer, I like to stay logged into my email accounts, Facebook etc. However, I am concerned that someone might get into my computer when I am away (e.g. an administrator can log into my ...
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votes
1answer
99 views

How to protect dropbox folder [duplicate]

Hi i saw some procedures to protect drop box folder, but i don't like those procedures. My requirement is, if any one click the dropbox folder on start -> my computer -> dropbox folder at left side, ...
1
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2answers
85 views

Heartbleed threat: Do I need to change password for websites that I rarely logon?

I've a dozen email accounts, probably a hundred websites and forum accounts and I don't want to go about changing all the passwords. Do I need to change the password of websites that I seldom logon - ...
2
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1answer
125 views

Tool/Procedure to Evaluate Whether Each Site in a Password Manager (e.g., KeePass, LastPass, Dashlane) is ready for a new password (post Heartbleed)?

Sites need to be remediated for the Heartbleed exploit before a password is updated. Some sites will be remediated immediately but others may not be updated for months. Lots of us have many dozens ...
2
votes
3answers
71 views

Is keeping a directory with all password a bad habit? [closed]

I use a mac (though this is not critical to the question, it has some relevance) Every time I have to choose a password, I make a plain text with name of the website, username, and password in it. ...
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3answers
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Do end users need to do anything about the Heartbleed security bug? What?

I see in the news about the “Heartbleed” security bug. As an end user, do I need to do anything about it?
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1answer
19 views

Importing GPG Key

I am trying to import a GPG key to verify a download. I have never done this before, so bare with me. The Key ID is 4203454C. Let me know if you need any more information. What is the process for GPG ...
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3answers
347 views

Admin Account Keeps Getting Locked Out

Ever since I changed the admin password on my work domain, the admin account keeps getting locked out in the morning when users start logging on to their computers. I am not sure why a user logging on ...
1
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1answer
87 views

Windows Password Policy: What exactly do the complexity requirements involve?

I am currently viewing this feature in Windows 7, but I imagine it is very similar if not identical in many of the other Windows OS versions. I am looking for an explanation of the exact rules for ...
1
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2answers
37 views

Password procedures

tldr; How do people manage their myriad passwords safely and easily? Personally I have about 4 different accounts to supercomputers that are 'high security', 3 different e-mail accounts with ...
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0answers
25 views

Windows 8.1 multiple passwords needed to sign in

I've been having some security issues lately so i was wondering if there was any possible way to have multiple passwords needed to sign into one user on windows 8.1
3
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2answers
128 views

Having no password on windows 7 log in physically, but with password through RDP

So I am trying to make my main desktop be able to reboot right into the desktop without asking for a password, but I still want to be secure when I'm accessing it remotely. No one is ever going to ...
18
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2answers
775 views

What are the security implications of having submitted password in username field?

Let's say I typed my password into the username textbox of a frequently-visited website (https of course) and hit enter before I noticed what I was doing. Is my password now sitting in plaintext in a ...
1
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2answers
127 views

Is it dangerous to write down passwords? [closed]

I have a list of passwords for some sites I use on an Excel spreadsheet (no macros or anything in it). I've read many places (online and offline) to "remember your password or write it down in a safe ...
2
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2answers
3k views

What is the Windows 7 command-line to remove all remember passwords in Credential Manager?

We can remove remembered/cached passwords via Credential Manager as here and via a command cmdkey as here. I want to have one command that quickly clear all the passwords. How can we do that?
3
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1answer
176 views

What Encryption Methods do sites like Paypal, Ebay, and Amazon use? [closed]

Adobe's recent leaking of 150 million credit card numbers is unforgivable considering they used encryption that will be cracked in no time. Fortunately, I only had an Adobe forum account with zero ...
0
votes
2answers
45 views

Hand creating a password using website name as salt [closed]

A while ago I read a blog on a method of creating passwords. It was something along the lines of: 1) create a template password, with usual mix of chars, cases, etc. 2) use the website name the ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

TrueCrypt - Does the change of your passphrase have any effect?

You can modify your password/passphrase in Truecrypt. So it can be either 'foo' or some 64-char-long random password. Does this have any effect on the encryption whatsoever? Let's say you do a ...
0
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0answers
44 views

Microsoft account two factor authentication: forget only a particular app-password?

So I set up two factor authentication on my Microsoft account (aka Windows Live ID or whatever they are calling it this month). Then I had to setup some application specific password for applications ...
2
votes
1answer
273 views

Can I create a Windows user account without the ability for an interactive user login?

I ran into an issue when a software that was recommended to me requires to provide it with my admin user account and password not in a UAC prompt (which I do not want to do.) So I was curious, can I ...
1
vote
1answer
169 views

hacker sending from hotmail, nothing stops it, not joe jobbing [closed]

My partner's hotmail account was hacked. She changed the password. The account is still sending spam emails from the hacker. Now, I know all the usual suggestions, and none of them are going to ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Can't change or set password in Windows 7

I'm trying to set up a new user in a Win7Pro computer. The computer has HP ProtectTools enabled. I cannot set the password from within HP ProtectTools or the User Accounts control panel, when logged ...
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3answers
2k views

Can Google Employees See My Passwords Saved in Google Chrome?

I understand that we are really tempted to save our passwords in Google Chrome. The likely benefit is two fold, You don't need to (memorize and) input those long and cryptic passwords. These are ...
0
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1answer
33 views

Processing time / effort to decrypt stored passwords

I have an Adobe account which, as you might have heard have recently had a breach may have had there encrypted passwords stolen. The password for that account was not used else where, which is good, ...
0
votes
1answer
19k views

Dropbox: How to password protect files and folders and maintain accessibility?

I'm aware that there is a similar thread on this subject, but I don't think that situation is similar to mine because the solution that was reached will not work for me. In that scenario, using ...
0
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2answers
92 views

How to secure FTP passwords

What do others do to secure FTP passwords? My scenario doesn't seem too unique to contract web developers and web marketing/design companies, but having trouble finding any answers I like online. ...
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2answers
641 views

Securly storing passwords in keychain on mac

As with anyone nowadays i have a ton of passwords, and keeping track of them is a real pain, especially when you also have to remember database and server passwords. I was looking at using the ...
3
votes
1answer
149 views

How do I make a Windows account accept any password?

How do I set up a windows account, so that Windows will accept any password to login. I want to create the illusion of security for the user. Where the user believes that there account is secure and ...
0
votes
0answers
738 views

Removing an ATA password - unlock hard drive

1) An ATA/HDD password is different than a BIOS password - it is stored in the HDD - resetting the BIOS or moving HDD to another computer will not remove password. Formatting the HDD will not work ...
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2answers
210 views

How does changing jumper resets password

For resetting bios password we used to relocate jumper and reset it,How does changing jumper helps in resetting password? What happens to Bios password while we change jumper ,how does the manual ...
0
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0answers
18 views

Uploading passwords for remote access

I'm trying to find the ultimate password solution and right now what looks most promising is pass. It's great for storing passwords securely on my computer, but what I'd like to be able to access my ...
1
vote
1answer
903 views

Setting User Password Policy as per their group Linux?

I wanted to set a password restriction policy , like minlen , maxage , minage etc . I know the way to do it system wide , Can we do it for a particular group of users . I mean only users under ...
1
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2answers
108 views

How to safely store passwords to access several servers? [duplicate]

I administrate several Windows servers, and I have run into this "how do I maintain all my passwords" problem. The servers in question are all stand-alone and distributed all over the world. In other ...
3
votes
1answer
62 views

Password management at an organization [closed]

In my company we have a largish number of secure logins, currently all stored in a single KeePass database which some of us share the keys to. We'd like to have a more fine-grained, identity-based ...
0
votes
2answers
307 views

Stopping unauthorized Windows 7 admin access

I have a problem with people having illegal access to lab computers bypassing strong password protections. Several computers at my VLSI labs at college have Windows 7 HE installed. Some are ...
0
votes
2answers
61 views

Logging into google on company computer [duplicate]

I have just started my very first corporate job at a big company this week, and they issued me a personal laptop (not shared with anyone else). I've been told that they monitor the internet fairly ...
0
votes
2answers
108 views

Is Firefox master password necessary when using Full disk encryption?

Does Firefox master password add anything to a full encrypted disk ? As I understand it, Firefox master password is here to protect again passive attacks, ie when firefox is not running, or at least ...
3
votes
3answers
133 views

How to store passwords [closed]

I want to know what the best way is to store secret information (like passwords, passcodes, and ssh keys). Should it be stored on the computer or written down for a home/office use? What is the best ...
0
votes
2answers
265 views

OS X: How to use different passwords for screensaver/sudo vs FileVault / Time Machine?

I want to use a very long (20+ char), strong password for my FileVault 2 full disk encryption (as well as encrypted Time Machine backups stored on a network drive), which should protect against brute ...
0
votes
3answers
145 views

How is public key authentication secure? [closed]

Many articles suggest that using public key authentication is more secure than using a password. References: ...
1
vote
1answer
245 views

allowing only certain commands in a ssh session

I am a lazy linux user and often use very short passwords for my main user account(s). Now, hopefully my firewall takes care of blocking most unsolicited access attempts and the OS (as far as it ...
0
votes
3answers
2k views

Where does SecureCRT save usernames and passwords?

If I check the checkbox remember my password on SecureCRT which file does SecureCRT write my username and password to?
3
votes
1answer
161 views

A password manager that doesn't require password database

I use a self-made password manager that generates strong passwords based on one strong key and easily rememberable strings for each website/account. The basic principle can be most easily conveyed by ...
1
vote
1answer
93 views

How are Wi-Fi passwords sent to the router securely?

Maybe I'm just being stupid, but whenever you type the password to gain access to a certain Wi-Fi network, how is the password sent to the router securely? Wouldn't it be easy to intercept the ...