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

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How can I give my wife emergency access to logins, passwords, etc.?

I'm the digital guru in my household. My wife is good with email and forum websites, but she trusts me with all our important digital stuff — online banking and other things that require ...
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How do I securely store and manage 180 passwords?

I have about 180 passwords for different websites and web services. They are all stored in one single password protected Excel document. As the list gets longer I am more and more concerned about its ...
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What can I do if I forgot my Windows 7 password?

I got a brand new Windows 7 machine, installed the operating system, created one account and forgot its password. What can I do? There is no external CD, the operating system is loaded from somewhere ...
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What's an efficient way to change my 200+ account passwords?

I have a lot of online accounts, web services, and so on -- personal as well as business -- so obviously(?) I use a password manager to handle them all. Specifically I use Lastpass but my question ...
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Can I force Google Chrome to remember passwords?

Is there a way to force Google Chrome to remember passwords for sites that have autocomplete turned off? Clarification: I am a programmer, but ideally, I'd like a method that I could help regular ...
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How do I reset the Windows XP Administrator password?

I have forgotten the Administrator password of my Windows XP installation and locked out. Is there a way to reset it? I do have physical access to the PC.
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Palindrome passwords disallowed—why?

I tried to change a Linux password to "sitonapotatopanotis" and got this error: BAD PASSWORD: is a palindrome Why does this rule exist?
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If a password is compromised, is a “similar” password also compromised?

Suppose a user uses a secure password at site A and a different but similar secure password at site B. Maybe something like mySecure12#PasswordA on site A and mySecure12#PasswordB on site B (feel ...
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Password Cracking Windows Accounts

At work we have laptops with encrypted harddrives. Most developers here (on occasion I have been guilty of it too) leave their laptops in hibernate mode when they take them home at night. Obviously, ...
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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 ...
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How secure are password-protected zip files?

In modern zip utilities like 7zip, you can specify a password when creating a .ZIP file. But, how secure is this? What encryption algorithm(s) are used to secure password-protected zip files?
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How do I remove the “eye symbol” from password fields in Windows 8?

While I was entering my password in Gmail and other mail accounts, I could see a symbol of an "eye" in the text box. This is really dangerous because once you click on the eye, your password is ...
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Make Windows forget a network connection password?

Is there a way to prevent Windows from remembering the network password after it connects? So that upon disconnecting Windows won't reconnect without re-entering password.
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Turn off Automatic login with Windows 7

I setup my Windows 7 to automatically log into my account at home. I have a password set so that I can access it remotely. It seems like this was a feature in control panel somewhere, but now I ...
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Lost my Windows 7 admin password, need to change or reset it [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do if I forgot my Windows password? I forgot the Windows 7 password on my new computer and I can't log into it at all. I was the administrator for the ...
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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 ...
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Why do I need to enter a password for the Default Keyring to unlock?

When I log into Ubuntu, I am prompted every time to: Enter Password for Default Keyring to Unlock I want to avoid this step since I am the only person using this machine and I see no reason to have ...
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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 send me passwords securely? Maybe even without them needing a login/password? ...
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Escaping a password using mysqldump console

I am running a mysqldump via a bash script and have encountered a problem with a password that contains special characters. mysqldump -hlocalhost -uUSERNAME -pPA$$W0RD DATABASE | ...
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Hide users from Mac OS X Snow Leopard logon screen

Somehow, I managed to set a passwd for my _postgres user on my OS instead of setting it on the postgres role I have as my superuser / root. Anyways since this, I've been struggling with that user ...
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Random password generator: many, in columns, on command line, in Linux

A while back, I came across a random password generator for the command line that displayed a grid of "memorable" passwords. Output was something like this: adam@host:~$ CantRememberThisCommand ...
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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 ...
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sudo keeps asking me for my password in fish shell

sudo in Ubuntu keeps asking me for my password for every command. Previously, I only had to enter the password once, and then it would be remembered for a period of time. This recently changed, ...
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Password manager for multiple computers?

Is there a password manager that I can use on multiple computers, to remember all the passwords I use on the sites I visit?
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KeePass Password Safe 2.12: Unhiding Passwords?

KeePass 2.12 - Turning off hidden password - When I open an entry, the password is disguised by asterisks. How do I turn off this feature so that I can recall previously inputted passwords?
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How insecure is my short password really?

Using systems like TrueCrypt, when I have to define a new password I am often informed that using a short password is insecure and "very easy" to break by brute-force. I always use passwords of 8 ...
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Password protect a folder

What are the available options for password protecting a folder? I'm talking about requiring a password to actually access the folder, not just user access rights. Is the third-party software out ...
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Where are Windows 7 Passwords Stored?

Where are Microsoft Windows 7 passwords and credentials stored on disk? I would like to physically verify that the Users group does not have access to files containing system passwords.
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Is there a way I can password protect a dropbox directory on my work pc?

I use dropbox a lot, and I'd like to start using my Dropbox account on my work PC, however I want to prevent anyone else from being able to access the files in my dropbox folder other than me on my ...
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How do I recover the password of a RAR file on Mac OS X?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.2 and have been handed a couple of old files that need to be extracted. Old backups or finances or bills I believe. They are RAR files, and password protected. Is there a way ...
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How to force Chrome to remember a password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I force Google Chrome to remember passwords? Chrome is not trying to remember a password on web.ebuddy.com Is there a way to force Chrome to remember a password for ...
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Store passwords in putty

How can I store my connection passwords in putty?
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How can I Map a Network Drive with Password so it stays mapped after a reboot?

I mapped a network drive to a location that needs a password. Now whenever my computer starts up, it tells me that it could not connect to that network drive because a password is needed. How do I ...
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How safe is the password manager in browsers?

For example, Opera has a "wand" feature that remembers user names and password you typed across various sites. Let's say you get a trojan, which steals data from your PC. Can the trojan decrypt ...
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Bypass BIOS password set by faulty Toshiba firmware on Satellite A55-S1065 laptop?

I want to rescue this 7 year old laptop that has been crippled by a glitch in its BIOS: 'A "Password =" prompt may be displayed when the computer is turned on, even though no power-on password has ...
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what is the max length of password on unix/linux system?

what is the max permissible length of password on unix/linux system?
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Recover Windows 7 password of admin account with auto-logon enabled

I have a Windows 7 installation with just one (admin) account (guest is disabled). It is set to auto-login so I can get in without any problems and I can also 'right click' -> 'run as administrator' ...
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Default username/password for accessing network shares in Windows 8?

I always had the same username and password on all my network devices (NAS, desktop PC, laptop) in my small home network. This allows me to access network shares of other devices without having to ...
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Providing passwords to multiple users on a wi-fi network

I have a wi-fi network that is being used by more than 400 users. Right now they are given access by a single password which the system administrator types on the individual workstations during the ...
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Removing the password from a PDF file

I have a couple of ebooks as PDFs with passwords, however my ebook reader (sony prs600) doesn't seem to support PDFs with passwords. What is the easiest of removing the password from a PDF (I know ...
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Are saved Remote Desktop credentials secure on the local machine?

Are saved Remote Desktop credentials secure (loosely speaking) on the local machine? They aren't stored as clear text anywhere at least, are they? Edit: I understand the inherent risks of saving ...
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How to SSH to localhost without password?

EDIT: Putting exactly what was done. I need to SSH to localhost without a password, the usual way of doing it (with public keys) do not work. user@PC:~$ rm -rf .ssh/* user@PC:~$ ssh-keygen -t rsa ...
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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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How good is PDF password protection?

It appears that Word's password protection is not really good, at least until Office 2003, if I read this SU entry correctly. I'm under the impression that Acrobat's PDF password protection should be ...
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Thinking beyond passwords [closed]

I was having a discussion with a co-worker earlier this morning related to passwords and the future of computing. One of the topics we discussed was whether passwords could be replaced with visual or ...
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If a “forgot your password?” page emails your old password, is that definitive proof that they have stored it in plain text?

When a site emails your old password, as opposed to requiring you to reset it on the site, I'm wondering what that implies about their security measures. Does this mean that they store the password ...
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Is there any point in using a strong password on a laptop if the HDD is not encrypted?

I was wondering whether an Admin password like "gW%94Slkx" on a laptop is any safer than, say, "abc" if your HDD is not encrypted. If you lose your laptop or if it gets stolen, all your data is easily ...
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Why would an incorrect password attempt take a lot longer to process than a correct one?

The most prominent place I've noticed this is when SSH-ing at work, but I feel like I've observed this behaviour elsewhere too. When I try to log into Linux servers from my Windows desktop at work, ...
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7zip doesn't ask me for password for a zip I encrypted while double-clicking it

I just tried to encrypt a folder with 7zip by command line choosing a password but when double-clicking on the zip file, it shows me the files list without asking any password. Any other alternative ...
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How does Google Chrome store passwords?

Are they encrypted in disk? How? Are they safe, for example, in the event of someone booting from a Live CD and mounting the hard disk? How is the encryption key generated? Is it different in ...