String of characters that allows access to a computer, interface, system or application.

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On Windows 7, how can I retrieve/set system (not administrator) password?

Ok, so I know on many unix variants, you can set up a root / admin user, a standard user, etc. And by default sometimes on some distros of Linux the 'root' superuser is known to have a default ...
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What's the best way to store an encrypted svn password on Ubuntu Server?

Hullo, I have Ubuntu Server running a subversion server. I'm running the client on the same machine through SSH, and I'd like the svn client to remember my password, but not to store it as plaintext. ...
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How can I make subversion reset the stored passwords/users and remember my authentication credentials?

Background: I used to have everything working just fine on my fresh install: $ svn co https://domain:443/ test1 Error validating server certificate for 'https://domain:443': - The certificate is not ...
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How do I make my script ask for a password, like sudo?

I am writing a script which would be potentially dangerous if run in the wrong way. As a safety feature, I want the script to require the user to re-enter their password first, much as sudo does. So ...
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How to prevent password popup everytime for changing network configuration in OS X Mountain Lion?

I have a few network scripts that I used under OS X Lion that automatically created a ssh connection and then changed network configuration on my local machine to run traffic through the ssh tunnel. ...
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Windows 8.1 request to “Enter your most recent password”… Legitimate?

I have a desktop computer that I keep at a location that I rarely visit anymore, but still use occasionally. It has been sitting in Standby mode (or whatever it's called on Windows 8.x), but when I ...
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Finding router's WAN/External MAC address

I want to find my router's WAN MAC address. On the WEB UI, WAN MAC is hidden. SSH / Telnet is not available (password protected) on router. There is no labels/engravings on physical unit which ...
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printing passwords: How can I differentiate l/1, o/O/0, etc and visualize spaces?

I would like to print randomly generated passwords, so that look-alike characters like zero and the letter "o" or one and the letter "l" are clearly distinguishable. I would also like to find a way to ...
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Windows 7 locked out account

I have a Windows 7 64-bit computer. There was only one account (mine, created at installation, password protected, full administrative access with UAC enabled). To speed up the startup + login ...
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How come I can't enter my password in PuTTY?

I can connect to my host with PuTTY. But when the PuTTY terminal asks for my password, I am not able to enter any letters. I reinstalled putty.exe, but the results are the same. Can anyone help me ...
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How to encrypt data on an external hard drive?

I want to secure my external (1 TB) hard drive that I use as a physical back-up for my home computer so that if the drive is stolen (eg burglary) then the data is not easily accessible by a common or ...
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Security Beyond a Username/Password?

I have a webapp that requires security beyond that of a normal web application. When any user visits the domain name, they are presented with two text fields, a username field, and a password field. ...
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Why does it take longer for Linux to tell me that my user password is wrong, than it does for Windows?

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. ...
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IT staff at school asking for passwords [closed]

I noticed last time I was at the IT office at my school that they asked for student's passwords. I think the student was either having the operating system re-installed, or the keyboard replaced, I ...
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How are windows passwords handled?

I am looking for good informations about how windows handles the passwords of its users: Which algorithms are used (which hash, do they use salt, ...) Where are the passwords stored Are there known ...
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Why can't I connect to the wireless network after the network password was changed?

My family changed the network password and some other network settings after new computers were brought into the house, because apparently they wouldn't work with the settings or password we had. ...
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Is there a limit in rar password size?

I am using a program because of a rar password that i've forgot and it's keeping passwords tries because of length. Is that a limitation because it's shareware or is there really a limit in the max ...
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Hacker sending email from hotmail, changing password doesn't stop it

A colleague of mine seems to have had their hotmail account hacked - lots of spam is being sent from their account to their contacts, and the spams show up in their Sent folder so they're definitely ...
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Change Windows 8 login from Live id to local account

Windows 8 asks for my Live login details when I login - I'd prefer to use a local password separate from my Live password. Is it possible to use a local password? What do I lose out on if I don't use ...
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Firefox: Remember new passwords without prompting

How can I make Firefox automatically remember all passwords without prompting?
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Can I use a Windows 8 picture password on a non-touchscreen device?

I use Windows 8 on a standard non-touchscreen laptop. There is an option to Create a picture password described as "a new way to help you protect your touchscreen PC" by drawing directly on the ...
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Chrome Saved Passwords security issue

If I save a password in Google chrome someone else can easily see the password from Setting -> Advance Settings -> Manage saved passwords -> Show (in required password field) and use it ...
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Retrieving password for VPN in Mac OS X

I'd like to retrieve a password I entered a while ago for a VPN in Max OS X Tiger (in the Internet Connect app) and have since forgotten. It's probably stored with some simple obfuscation in some ...
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Password reset programs only find passwords from one OS on a dual-boot system

I have an Acer laptop with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I need to reset the passwords on Windows Vista, but the password reset programs I have tried only find the Windows 7 passwords and not the ...
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Bash command to compress folder(s) with a password

How can I compress two folders into archive file (zip, gzip or something like that) with a password on the files? For example I have folder structure: rootDir dir1 dir2 dir3 dir4 I need bash ...
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How can my clients easily send me passwords securely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can clients easily and securely send me passwords? I often need to get passwords from clients for FTP, SSH, MySQL, Authorize.net, etc. What's an easy way for them to ...
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Are there any password managers for iPhone and Windows XP? [closed]

Can you recommend a password manager that syncs between an iPhone and (at least one, preferably several) Windows XP computers? Being able to generate passwords would of course be a nice addition, but ...
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Default SA password of SQL Server automatically installed by SharePoint Server 2010 setup

I installed SharePoint server 2010 recently on a test server. It was installed in standalone mode. After the installation, I realized that it had installed SQL Server Express 2008 (10.0.2531.0) ...
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Is Google's 2-step verification less secure with application-specific passwords?

When using Google's 2-step verification with services that can't use it, such as mail clients on smartphones and desktops, the solution is to create application-specific passwords for those services. ...
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How to set Windows not to prompt for password on resume from sleep

My friend wants to make it so he only has to input his password on his laptop when he turns on the computer and logs into it. He wants to make it so if he closes his computer and it goes into sleep or ...
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What is default password for linksys WRT54GL routers? How to modify it?

What is default password for this user? Is there a way to modify default password so it does not reset when it is rebooted?
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How do I “unlock” sudo for 15 mins after login?

It doesn't make sense to me that after authorising myself by logging in, I then have to separately authorise myself to sudo, potentially typing the password twice. This has all come to a head recently ...
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How can I find out the password complexity policy?

A user tries to change his/her password in a Windows domain and it's not accepted: The password supplied does not meet the minimum complexity requirements How can an end-user find out what the ...
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Set a password that's not linked to my Microsoft account?

I have a really long password for my Microsoft account, and I don't want to enter that every single time I log in, so I was wondering if I could have a second, smaller password for just the computer ...
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Firefox: how to autocomplete password but not username

I'm a part of a team testing a web application that needs to log into hundreds of test accounts every day. The password is always the same, but the usernames constantly change. I can save the password ...
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How can I read password protected Word files on OS X?

I receive Word documents by mail and read them using the built-in Gmail reader. Sometimes the documents are password protected and I need to obtain access to a Windows machine with Office installed in ...
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How to enable autologon in Windows 7

I have tried typing the following: control userpasswords2 however it only brings up the control panel.
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Login with linux FTP username and password

What's the command for logging in with FTP all with one line? ftp username:password@my.domain.com says, Password required for username:password
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Remove password of user on OSX

As much as I would like to figure out the problem, at this point too much time has been invested in deleting a stupid key when I already had a solution (the command line creation) that works. I'm ...
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How to switch users without entering password

I'm a newbie running Ubuntu 9.10. I have two users (wife and me), and each user's screensaver is set to lock so that on wakeup, we get to choose which user's desktop to go to. However, Ubuntu requires ...
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Allowing users to unhide (format) only chosen columns

TL;DR, what I want to achieve: Hide some columns which I do not want to show to anyone (check) Hide some columns which I want to show only to some users (check) Set separate passwords for both ...
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Firefox password manager - multiple logins for HTTP authentication

When you're prompted to login to a site using HTTP authentication (the kind with the pop-up box requesting username/password), Firefox's password manager populates it with only the first stored ...
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Password-protect a directory, but not that directory's files?

I was just wondering if it was possible to protect a directory with a username/password combination using .htaccess and .htpasswd files, but not protect the files within. i.e. One is able to link, ...
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How can I determine the password for my Cisco EA3500 router?

Ok, I'm about to tear my hair out. While I was in the hospital last year, my router in my dental office died, and I had to have a local IT guy come out and replace it. I gave him the password and had ...
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How are SQL server management studio passwords saved?

If, when connecting to a database with sql server management studio and you select "remember password"... where and how is it saved? I presume it is somehow encrypted using your windows login ...
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Force OSX text field to accept copy-paste

Short version: Is there a way to force text field in OSX to accept pasting a string, despite that the developer (Apple) set it to not to accept copy-paste? Long story: Platform: OS X 10.8.2 ...
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How to securely generate memorable passwords? [closed]

TL;DR: how secure are memorable password generators, given the fact that `memorable' passwords are a subset of total password space? How big is the entropy in memorable passwords compared to random ...
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Change the password Windows 7 has stored for a wireless network

I have a new laptop which I used to connect to the guest network in our house. I typed in the wrong password at login and now I cannot type in the correct one. How can I clear or change the password ...
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Windows 7 Auto logon

I'm using Windows 7 professional Service Pack 1 on my desktop computer. Every single time I turn on or wake up my computer, I must enter my password which is quite annoying. I'm the only user of this ...
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Reset or remove the BIOS password on my laptop

I have a laptop but forgot the BIOS password. I cannot go beyond the BIOS password screen and need to continue. Is there any way I can reset or even remove the BIOS password on my laptop?