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Easy way to generate new passwords for each website?

Does anyone have a simple method of coming up with a excellent new passwords for every website that you can nevertheless easily remember? I'm thinking some combination of a master password combined with the website url or something like that, but the underlying rule should not be easily guessable by others even if they have a few examples in front of them. Any ideas?
posted by shivohum on May 1, 2013 - 23 answers

Chrome, how does it work?

I'm a recent Chrome user, and so far I'm having a hell of a time with the privacy settings. I like the idea of using the synch feature so I can have my bookmarks and things shared across the three or four desktops I use. However, I can't seem to figure out how to make it so it doesn't sign in automatically when I open the browser - I would like to be prompted to put in a password every time. I feel really stupid, but I can't figure out how to make that happen. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Mar 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Is "type letters 1 4 and 7 of your password" considered secure?

Instead of the usual "username/password" challenge, some bank websites ask you for a username, and then for some letters from your password -- e.g. 'Type letters 1, 4 and 7 of your password'. I understand that the advantage of this is that you never enter your whole password, thereby making life difficult for keyloggers. But I don't see how it's possible to implement such a system without (effectively) storing the password in plain text on the server, which surely not a good idea. What is this practice called? Do security experts consider it good practice? Can you point me to a paper that explains how it is implemented securely?
posted by beniamino on Mar 28, 2013 - 39 answers

How to reset the technician password on a Samsung OfficeServ 7400

How do I reset the technician password of a Samsung OfficeServ 7400 phone system? [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Nov 14, 2012 - 2 answers

locked out of twitter - how to get back in?

twitter won't recognise my password, or send an email to the related gmail account - now what? [more inside]
posted by gusset on Nov 5, 2012 - 1 answer

Password Protect Flash Drive

Is there a free downloadable mac program to password protect my entire usb flash drive? I've already tried TrueCrypt and using a .dmg with Disk Utility.
posted by CarlyH on Oct 30, 2012 - 5 answers

What are the odds that two randomly selected people share the same bank PIN?

Statisticsfilter: Given available information about the distribution of self-selected 4-digit passwords (specifically banking PINs), is it possible to calculate the probability of two randomly selected individuals having the same PIN? If so, what're the odds? [more inside]
posted by myrrh on Oct 27, 2012 - 15 answers

If I get too far from the wireless port, my password is suddenly invalid. Why?

I'm having wireless internet connectivity issues that even tech support seems unable to resolve. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Sep 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Better-security alternatives to Spam Arrest

What's a better-security alternative to Spam Arrest for challenge-response email? I received a password reminder email from Spam Arrest today. It included my full password in cleartext, and when I went to change my password to a long semi-random string of hashed characters I discovered that they silently truncate entries to 20 characters, which would have locked me out if they didn't keep everything in the clear to remind me. Frightening. Is there anyone out there who offer C/R email and knows how to store passwords?
posted by migurski on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Help Derpina keep her reddit account

How do I keep my reddit account despite having derped my password? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Sep 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Fastest iPhone password

What is the easiest password to type on an iPhone given various rules? [more inside]
posted by cdenman on Sep 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Password manager for Windows and Android?

I'm looking for a password manager that will work seamlessly across multiple PCs and my Android phone. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Aug 21, 2012 - 14 answers

iPhone & Wireless Connection?

Is there a fast way to log iPhone on to my school's wireless network? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Aug 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Why does PayPal want me to have a crappy password?

I'm trying to change my PayPal password. Normally I would copy-paste the new password in from KeepPass (or gedit), but PayPal disables copy-paste. That means I need to accurately type in a bunch of fiddly deliberately-hard-to-memorize characters, which only show up as asterisks, TWICE. Which apparently I am incapable of doing, whereupon PayPal kicks me out for two hours before letting me try again. Please help me figure out a workaround to solve this stupid problem. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Aug 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Forgot iPod password but iTunes stops responding while syncing

My daughter put a password on her iPod and promptly forgot it, which would be fine if iTunes didn't stop responding every single time we try to sync it. I really don't want to lose everything that is on there, especially her pictures and purchases. Help me be a hero to my daughter and tell me how to fix it.
posted by Ruki on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 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

Why won't you remember me, firefox?!

Why doesn't my browser remember me on one partciular site when accessed from my desktop when it does on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Great password reset UIs?

Please share some great user interface examples involving password setup and password reset. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 11, 2012 - 6 answers

bogus logins and passwords

Does anyone remember a list of logins and passwords, for a myriad of sites, published online for all the world to use? Its advertised purpose was to allow one to use a website without having to register for access... so you didn't have to go through all the steps, nor receive spam in your inbox later... I think it's been several years since I've even thought of this -- also, I feel it had some form of 'gator' or other reptile in its name.
posted by Tandem Affinity on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Gmail account compomised but not sure how

My Gmail account was compromised a few days ago and the password was changed. I've since recovered it, but I'm wondering what could have caused it. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Dec 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Concealing a Fixed Password

A software application needs to supply a fixed password to an outside hardware device that it talks to. How can that password be concealed from hackers who take apart the software or the computer it's running on? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Nov 24, 2011 - 17 answers

Can I install my son's OS on my wife's computer?

My wife is locked out of her netbook (W7 Starter). We're far from home with no backup or password recovery disks. Can I create a backup from my son's identical netbook and install? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Nov 21, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me to secure my local Imac network.

I can't seem to password protect my local network for my Imac & Mac laptops. Help me, please. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Nov 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Locks are changed. Now: is anything missing?

So despite being fairly knowledgeable about these sorts of things, I put on my own little "worst practices in computer security" seminar with my Mac Mini HTPC. And, surprise of surprises, it was compromised. Help me figure out if I've reversed the damage, won't you? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Nov 17, 2011 - 17 answers

"Yes, my account number is........."

Need help wrangling account numbers/logins [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Nov 2, 2011 - 8 answers

I need an iPhone Password App.

I am looking for a password keeper app for my iPhone. Ideally it would be able to open a specific URL and autopopulate the User ID and Password fields. Personal experience with your suggestions is a big plus. Thank you!
posted by Rad_Boy on Oct 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Android password manager app with online browser access?

Does anyone know of an Android password manager app with online browser access? [more inside]
posted by ccalgreen on Oct 4, 2011 - 13 answers

password lost

Password help please. How can i reset the password on my wireless router? [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey on Sep 28, 2011 - 11 answers

No, no, thats my boy scout troupe number!

Multiple password logins. How do they work? Do they work? Why or Why not? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Sep 1, 2011 - 14 answers

trying to automatically click items on a webpage. but how?

trying to automatically click items on a webpage. but how? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Password Tracker

Is the an ipad or iphone app. that would keep track of my user id and passwords from various websites, i.e. banks, credit cards companies, etc. Thanks
posted by Noodles on Aug 14, 2011 - 19 answers

Need guidance on message-digest based password generation algorithms.

Need some guidance on message-digest based password generation algorithms. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Gmail Email Address Recovery

Gmail account recovery. Please help. Long winded story inside. [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Jul 5, 2011 - 13 answers

What simple, secure, portable password and secure data management systems do you use?

What simple, secure, portable password and secure data management systems do you use? [more inside]
posted by garlic on May 4, 2011 - 21 answers

Prompted for a username and password when browsing to an IIS virtual directory

Why do I get prompted for a Windows username and password when I connect to a virtual directory under IIS? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Apr 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Is it safe to access my bank account after malware infection?

Is my password safe after a "System Tool" malware infection? Can malware (system tool) use a proxy or key logger or otherwise detect bank account passwords accessed with the (hopefully previously) infected computer. How can one be sure the infection is totally removed? xp fully updated, avg free, scanned and cleaned following these instructions
posted by flummox on Mar 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Help this absent-minded person recover (or not need) his password.

How can I view an old Microsoft Word document that is password protected, when I cannot remember the password? [more inside]
posted by khelvan on Mar 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me save my iPhone!

Help! I broke my iPhone 4 screen, and it's locked! The phone turns on, but the screen is completely destroyed, so I can't enter my password to use iTunes to back it up. Any chance of getting at my pictures before my new screen comes in? [more inside]
posted by mhp on Feb 26, 2011 - 7 answers

How are passwords stored in systems that require the user to enter specific digits of their password?

How are passwords stored in systems that require the user to enter specific digits of their password? I am familiar with encryption techniques such as MD5 hashes, but I can't see a way in which a system would store the entire encrypted password, and still be able to authenticate individual characters, unless the password is stored in plain text, which seems unlikely for a bank. [more inside]
posted by InsaneRhino on Jan 31, 2011 - 20 answers

No, see, that my password.

Facebook filter: Why does my password not work on two browsers? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jan 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Safari Password Recovery

Safari Password Recovery - I want to recover login information from a site I used on Safari on OS X 10.4. [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Jan 16, 2011 - 13 answers

I forgot my password to login and need the prompt. How do I get it to give me a hint??

How do I get my Mac to prompt me for a password hint on the startup screen?? I reset my password last week and I copied and pasted it in the password hint in case I forgot. It turns out I did. But for some reason it won't prompt me for a hint even though I have been trying to guess over and over incorrectly. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Dec 25, 2010 - 3 answers

If I only wiped 10% of a hard drive before selling it, am I 90% screwed?

What damage control measures can I do for selling my PC on eBay which was only partially wiped? Yes, I know how stupid this was. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Getting XP to play nice on a Mac network

I'd like both computers in the house (one Mac, one XP) to share my WiFi network. This works great as long as the network is open, but I'd like it to be closed. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Dec 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Mac Caching Wrong Password, but Where

My Mac (10.3.9) seems to be automatically providing an outdated network password to my work network. Since the password is consistently wrong, it's causing my new, working password to lock up. Where might that password be stored? I've already removed anything from the key chain. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 10, 2010 - 7 answers

I just want internet for my business

Why won't my router and laptop play nice anymore? Mac and Cisco/Linksys question inside. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Dec 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Install Linux or windows without a cd drive or usb just direct access to the hard drive.

Install Linux or windows without a cd drive or usb just direct access to the hard drive. I have an old cf-29 toughbook by Panasonic that I've had for years. I'm trying to resurrect it and for the life of me cant remember my own cmos password. Aside from possibly nuking the bios password which will be near impossible due to the NATO standards this notebook was built to. I was thinking I would just try to install an OS directly to the hard drive and simply transplant it back into the toughbook. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Oct 4, 2010 - 18 answers

A Safe bet for password storage?

How safe do folks think 1password plus dropbox for syncing really is? Would you store financial information this way?
posted by dougiedd on Sep 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Accessible and secure - can they be friends?

Help me design a secure method of keeping my passwords both safe and available. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Sep 23, 2010 - 31 answers

Workaround for password-stealing keyloggers?

Regarding this, would spanning multitask windows and or cut-n-paste be an effective foil to keyloggers? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Sep 13, 2010 - 8 answers

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