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Help me do passwords like I should.

So, I was one of many people to have my adobe account information leaked. Though I know I shouldn't, I use that same password on lots of different accounts. I've changed them on the important ones, but how do people possibly keep the dozens of passwords for every different website straight? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Nov 22, 2013 - 37 answers

Web design: What are my options for adding a password system to a site?

Hi, I've recently completed web design courses in HTML and JavaScript with O'Reilly School of Technology. The courses were good but the main feature I'd like to add to my website is a password system. . [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jul 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Ransomware and a compromised email password

My Dad received a spam email purporting to be from his email provider (BT Yahoo, fwiw) asking him to verify his account. In a moment of utter stupidity, I fell for the scam and entered his email password into a bogus website (I know, I know: STUPID). I was using his iPad at the time, and a ransomware website opened in safari, however the browser didn't lock, and I was able to close it straight away. I immediately logged into his email account and successfully changed his password to something completely different. Google tells me that there is currently no ransomware which can successfully hijack Apple devices, which my experience seems to bear out. I am a bit worried about the risk that I've accidentally compromised his email, though. Is there anything else I should do beyond what I've already done, ie changing the password? Should I contact BT Yahoo about it?
posted by meronym on Jul 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Virtual Bullproofing my Life

I'm interested in asserting a lot more control of my personal information and communications to prevent prying eyes of both governmental and criminal types. I'm interested in general best practices to secure my personal information, passwords, data and communication (including phones, texting and email). I am not an expert in software or anything of the kind. I use an iPhone and Apple computers. There's a few more specific requests inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Question about password security

With email and website passwords, are successful "brute force" attacks still common, where an automated bot tries thousands and thousands of passwords on the same user account until one works? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jan 9, 2013 - 17 answers

This is your Mac. This is your Mac on lockdown.

Looking for best practices for home data security for an exclusively Mac household. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Pass the password app, please

How does our small company need to manage our passwords? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Jun 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Password management: syncing some passwords but not all

Please help me find the password management solution I'm hoping exists: the ability to automatically, dynamically sync a specific folder of passwords between accounts w/o involving Dropbox. [more inside]
posted by pavane on Mar 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Alert the next of kin. And Netflix.

How do I make my passwords available to loved ones if I die suddenly, but keep them secure while I'm alive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 25 answers

What's a good way to share passwords with a team?

What's a good way to share passwords among members of a team? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Password security

Password security strength question. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Nov 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Server security: creating separate silos for applications & hashing passwords help

Can you help me understand how to approach a couple issues of server security. (1) I want to run things in 'silos', so that if someone from the web has hacked and has code level access to example.com/blog they can't query the db of example.com/app (2) If they do get access to a user database, how do I make it harder for them to figure out passwords (beyond just storing them as md5)? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

From newbie to expert in encryption and network security, where to start?

If I wanted banks or companies like LastPass to hire me to be on their security team to make systems safer and to block out hackers, what websites/books/resources should I dive into to go from n00b to pr0 ?? [more inside]
posted by querty on Aug 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Statistics filter: How do I calculate the keyspace size of a password?

How do I figure out what the size of this password's keyspace is? [more inside]
posted by vmrob on Aug 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Oh Randall, you do confound me so.

Is Randall Munroe right about passwords in today's xkcd? Are very long (all lower case) plain text passwords more secure than short ones using a mix of numerals and upper/lower case text? [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Aug 10, 2011 - 95 answers

Can I create a modestly secure diary online using Wordpress, .htaccess, and a few tricks?

I want to access my personal diary from anywhere - and keep it as secure as possible at the same time. Here's my idea on how to do this...what do you think? [more inside]
posted by jspierre on Jul 1, 2011 - 19 answers

I was feeling insecure, you might not love me anymore

Having a minor freak out about identity theft, and looking for advice on making sure all my online information is as secure as possible. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Jan 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Password management

Up to now, I have used Apple's Keychain program to manage my passwords. I recently got an iPad, and now I have lots of login passwords that I don't have memorized and can't access from my iPad browser. So, I'm looking for a password management setup that will do the following things (or as many as possible): [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Jan 1, 2011 - 16 answers

How safe are my passwords?

How safe are my passwords? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Aug 18, 2010 - 15 answers

How not to store plaintext passwords?

Best practices for storing OracleDB/mysql/ldap/smtp/etc... system passwords for enterprise application integration use? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Oct 8, 2009 - 9 answers

How Can a Freelancer Safely Fire a Client

What's the best way, once I tell a client I'm done with her, to protect myself from claims of unauthorized access or sabotage on the systems I configured for her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Help Me Secure my USB Drive

I have a shiny new 4 GB USB drive, and I want to secure the information on it (bank info, passwords, etc). What's the best (free) way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Jan 8, 2009 - 10 answers

Someone hacked my… something... somehow

What do you do when you think you've been hacked, but don't know how? [more inside]
posted by studentbaker on Aug 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Password Manager Nirvana?

Is anyone aware of a password manager that will perform the following functions? [more inside]
posted by tcv on Mar 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Share a password without really sharing a password...

I'm looking to arrange a particular password setup with several unpaid staffers in my office. Here's the arrangement: 5-10 folks each day access one or more of ten online accounts that we communally use. I want to ut able to easily distribute the passwords and have the users be able to employ them without ever being able to see what it is. [more inside]
posted by ud-gb on Jul 9, 2007 - 11 answers

Why can't my Keychain.app settings work for both Safari and Camino?

I typically use Safari, and have my preferences set to store all of my passwords and user names in my Keychain.app. However when it starts acting up and giving me the spinning beach ball, I use Camino (v. 1.0.3.) When I try to log in to a website, it asks me for my user name and password - do I really have to fill in ALL those passwords and user names all over again? In other words, is there any way I can get Camino to access the passwords I saved using Safari? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Sep 19, 2006 - 6 answers

What is the point of using a salt when encrypting passwords in a web application?

What is the point of using a salt when encrypting passwords in a web application? [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Aug 26, 2006 - 15 answers

Rocover forgotten windows xp pro admin password

I cannot remember my windows XP Pro password. I am an administrator. Need to install software and change to a dynamic ip address. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Jun 21, 2006 - 9 answers

Non-irritating password remembrance?

I want my browser to remember my password for a couple of sites, but it must assume that I don't want most of my passwords remembered. I hate browser popups that ask "Remember this password?" What's a good solution? I use Firefox on Windows.
posted by pornucopia on Apr 9, 2006 - 5 answers

How can I store my passwords online securely?

PasswordFilter: Any places to store passwords online? [more inside]
posted by bkdelong on Mar 2, 2006 - 15 answers

Password expiration best practices?

Is there an "industry standard" for password expiration periods? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Feb 27, 2006 - 19 answers

You Sir, name password.

WebSecurityFilter: I'm looking for a PHP or CGI script which would redirect a user to their password protected folder when they enter their username and password. [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy on Dec 21, 2005 - 4 answers

Privacy with Yahoo?

Does it bother you to click on Yahoo! links and unexpectedly see your Yahoo! name on the screen because you prefer to store your Yahoo (enough with the exclamation point already) password in a cookie? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Dec 18, 2005 - 19 answers

Setting up a password repository

Let's say I wanted to create a simple web app to store my various usernames and passwords. The app and database would be hosted externally (by Dreamhost). I would use a secure connection for any HTTP stuff going back and forth, and I would encrypt all of the passwords before going into the db, and I can only extract and decrypt a password after entering a pass phrase that exists only in my brain. What would it take for someone else to get at my passwords? [more inside]
posted by patgas on Jul 12, 2005 - 9 answers

Is it ethical to use other people's unsecured wifi?

Wireless Mooching? Dishonest? Dangerous? Or what? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by wendell on Oct 25, 2004 - 28 answers

What the hell do you do about passwords?

What the hell do you do about passwords? --> [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Apr 16, 2004 - 36 answers

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