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

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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?
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Remove password from an Excel Document

I'm providing internal support and one of our users has managed to put a password on an excel file by accident, I've done the proper checks to make sure that the user should have access to the ...
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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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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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Why doesn't SuperGenPass work on some sites when I use Chrome?

Bookmarklet SuperGenPass sometime fails to popup when I click the bookmark in Chrome. It does however work when on the same page in Firefox; an example is http://www.engadget.com/login This ...
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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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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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How can i recover a zip password using CUDA (GPU)?

How can i recover a zip password on linux using CUDA (GPU). For the past two days i tried using "fcrackzip" but it's too slow Few months back i saw some application that can use GPU / CUDA and get ...
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How to configure linux to enforce new users to change their password on first login

I'm trying to configure users password policy on RHEL 6.6 and I want system to ask newly created users to change initial password on first login. Note, that I tried to set EXPIRE variable to 0 and ...
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What are the guidelines for creation of a secure passwords?

What are the best practices to create secure passwords? I would like to make them tougher to crack with brute force tools. Part II Are there any tools that can generate these passwords so I do not ...
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How to reset/delete my glassfish password?

I'm trying to install GlassFish v2 on my Macintosh. The installation instructions say that it should prompt for an admin password, but it doesn't, and now I can't log into the admin console on ...
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How to determine the entropy of a password

How can I tell if a password has good enough entropy to prevent brute-forcing on a realistic timescale? For example, if I have the following password, how can I determine if it is strong enough to ...
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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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How do I hide the “Saved Passwords” button in Firefox?

This little button is the scariest thing in Firefox as far as I'm concerned: I realize that passwords saved in web browser must neccearilly be stored insecurely, usually with a reversable hash, but ...
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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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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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Can I remove a RAR file's (known) password without recompressing the archive?

Long title. Anyway, I haven't been able to find an answer to this question. I know the password to the RAR file, I locked it myself, but now all I want to do is remove the password because it's too ...
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Rar password cracker

Does the rar file format use a serious encryption (such as AES)? Will it take unfeasibly long to brute force a password? If not, what tools do you suggest that do so automatically?
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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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How can I retrieve wireless password / passphrase windows XP

I used one program before when I forgot my dial up password, is there a programe like that which can retrieve wireless password / pass-phrase for me ?? Thank you
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How is it possible that I can log into my account with two different passwords?

I just logged into my Linux machine on the account ender on two passwords. Both passwords work! How is it possible? I'm using latest Ubuntu 9.10.
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Windows Bitlocker and automatic unlock password storage safety

I've encrypted my external HDD with a Bitlocker and after rebooting computer I tried to open that drive and got this message: Say, if I pick to "Automatically unlock on this computer from now on", ...
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How to transfer saved Firefox passwords into Google Chrome

I want to use Google Chrome more often but all my saved passwords are in Firefox. What's the easiest way to get them into Google Chrome?
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Windows 8 auto login

On Windows 8 I don't have the option on a PC I am dealing with to auto login. In netplwiz I don't have the checkbox, as screenshotted: Any suggestions?
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How to recover forgotten remote windows RDP password?

I had found this example: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/remote_desktop_password.html But it turns out it doesn't seem to work with the "newer" RDP save files. Anybody have any tips to retrieve my ...
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Why does the login check take longer if the password is wrong? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why would an incorrect password attempt take a lot longer to process than a correct one? I noticed that when starting Windows and being prompted for a password, if you ...
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Firefox's master password does not protect my web accounts

I've set up a master password in Firefox 3.6 but it's not working as I expected. I always save my passwords within Firefox for frequently visited sites like Facebook, Yahoo! mail, Gmail, Twitter etc. ...
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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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How to get past the login page with wget?

I am trying to use Wget to download my private GitHub pages, but I cannot get past the login screen. How do I send the login/password using post data on the login page and then download the actual ...
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Password-protected file in Mac OSX

How do I store multiple files in an archive (like .zip/.rar) with password-protection on Mac OSX? It has to be a portable file to keep on Dropbox or a USB-key. Also, the password-protection must be ...
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Two password (factor) authentication to root user / sudo

With regards to running Linux remotely (SSH) I'd like to employ two levels of authentication for accessing the system with root privileges. I have the root account disabled / locked out so direct ...
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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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Manually add username/password to Saved Password list?

I logged into Mozilla's Bugzilla. I noticed Firefox did not save my password. How do I manually add my username and password to Firefox's Saved Password list?
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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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Windows 8 password, ctrl-backspace

An acquaintance of mine just bought a new laptop today. On Windows 7, he has been used to using the character generated by Ctrl-Backspace(ASCII 127) in his password. In fact, his password was simply 3 ...
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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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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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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 do I disable or modify pam's password requirements?

I'm using Fedora 19. By default it's setup with pam to disable bad passwords, like "password". This is good. Trying to change this default is infuriating. This is a box for testing internal stuff, not ...
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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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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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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?
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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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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 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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How to make firefox use known passwords without prompting

I have some sites which I log in to regularly that use HTTP authentication. I have the password saved in Firefox's password manager. How can I get Firefox to always use that password without ...
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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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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 ...