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Multi-factor security

The latest password hack has me wanting to beef up my password security, but I keep running into problems. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Multiuser password management for organizations

I'm looking for a secure method for storing a large collection of passwords for things like vendor websites, pieces of equipment that don't support multiple user accounts, and other situations where each employee of our company having an individual account would be impractical or impossible. The password solution itself can be cloud-based (preferable) or locally hosted but should be accessible from anywhere by relatively non-technical end users. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2014 - 7 answers

sharing passwords with significant others?

My SO recently gave me his password. What does this mean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2014 - 37 answers

I'm changing them all to "password"

It has come to the point where I officially have too many passwords to reliably remember. What's the OSX/iOS solution for me? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jan 24, 2014 - 45 answers

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

Ubuntu 12.04 - wireless passwords rejected. Why?

Ubuntu 12.04 is suddenly unable to connect via two different routers. When the (correct) passwords are entered, it attempts to connect, but then brings up the pwd entry form again. This is a new problem, as of last Mon. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 16, 2013 - 10 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

Auto-Unlock Keyring Manager In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I have just installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Lenovo Ideapad that was running Win XP SP3 and wish to bypass the password manager so the annoying message: " enter password" (which I do correctly), this is then followed by "Enter password for keyring default to unlock". I Googled this and found lots of conflicting answers but none of them work for me. I cannot find the 'keyring manager' to leave a blank password as some suggest, so I'm at a loss and frustrated. I don't really want to reinstall Ubunto! Please help, stating the steps one by one that I have to take.
posted by lungtaworld on Jul 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Password management for a nonprofit

I am part of a nonprofit that has a dozen or so board members and assorted helpers. There are a variety of accounts for members and for the nonprofit itself that could use some sort of centralized management system (our website, google and social media logins, email accounts, bank accounts). Is there anything freely available that can help us manage access? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 12, 2013 - 6 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

Practical risks of a single password for keychain AND cloud

I have a third party password manager app that I love. That app syncs to an online cloud service, so I can access all my passwords from all my devices (as well as from a web browser if necessary). In practical terms, how much worse is my risk of having info compromised by using a single password for both my password vault and the online storage service? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Mar 23, 2013 - 9 answers

What's the newest/bestest way to sync browser data across browsers & PCs

What is the best (non-keyboard based) way to evolve my amalgamation of browser installs, saved passwords, bookmarks, and maybe settings/extensions into a cohesive, probably exclusively Chrome-based, install? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Feb 3, 2013 - 10 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

What's the password?

What's the password? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Nov 26, 2012 - 55 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

Help me keep Chinese hackers at bay

Help me block China [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Aug 3, 2012 - 12 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

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

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

Fictional Encryption Code

Can you give me an example of what this ridiculously-hard-to-decrypt code might have been? [more inside]
posted by baronessa on Apr 13, 2011 - 34 answers

Recipe for super-duper website cookies?

Some websites I use log me in automatically (Facebook) with full access to the site. Some automatically log me on, but require PW confirmation if I want to do something that may potentially compromise my security (LinkedIn, Amazon). Some websites demand a login each time I access the page (banking/trading sites; some of which save my login ID, none of which save my PW).I know precious little about this stuff. Cookies, is it? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Mar 30, 2011 - 5 answers

1Password/Lastpass confusion.

I have severe 1Password/Lastpass confusion. Does one supercede the other or are they meant to be used concurrently, in an ideal situation? I'm confused whether they perform the same function or not. Please help me organize my stuff! [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Feb 10, 2011 - 10 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

The sun is shining...but the ice is slippery.

Tell me about the early days of using passwords to verify information on computers or over the telephone: 1. When we're people first expected to do so? 2. Did it seem weird to you at the time? 3. Was there anything analogous to the password concept at the time? 4. (Most important to me) How was the concept introduced to the public? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jul 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Blackberry PW Manager to iPhone PW App?

How can I automatically transfer my Blackberry Password Manager contents to my Windows laptop or iPhone 3Gs [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on May 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Sure, we'll hold on to your passwords for ya

LastPass, the password storage service, says that all encryption occurs on my computer, so that the only way to see the passwords is with my encryption key. Is there a way for someone to prove this, or do we have to take them at their word? If it's the latter, does the incentive for LastPass to tell the truth outweigh the incentive for the alternative? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Apr 6, 2010 - 12 answers

How to notify ppl online that you are no longer there?

Found out recently that an online friend had passed away 6 or 7 months ago. His real life relationships did not crossover w/ his online ones. What would be a good system to put in place in case I face a situation like this? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Mar 8, 2010 - 11 answers

risks of borrowing other's wifi

2 mac questions. 1. in a new location, I pick up a neighbor's signal...it may be free, but am I at any kind of vulnerability? Can I protect myself? 2. I have an old snowball. But do not remember the password or name. Any ideas?
posted by ebesan on Jan 24, 2010 - 11 answers

ChU(|<_n0Rr!$

So, what are some secret passwords, hacks, easter eggs, etc. that you have heard of? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jan 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Restore deleted usernames and passwords to Firefox?

I errantly deleted all of my saved usernames and passwords from Firefox. Is there any way to get them back? [more inside]
posted by sockpup on Nov 17, 2009 - 4 answers

A three-digit password is not "too long."

The Blurst.com registration page tells me my (12-character) password is too long, while a string of 100 A's is OK. FFF is a fine password, but 777 is too long. What gives? (Somewhat long but delightfully pattern-y description follows) [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Oct 20, 2009 - 14 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

sudo apt-get install help!

LinuxFilter : I seem to have lost sudo privileges in Ubuntu. How to fix please? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Sep 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Syncing passwords between Windows, Mac and iPhone

Help me synchronise my passwords across Windows, Mac and iPhone. Preferably without having to re-enter all my existing passwords. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Jun 14, 2009 - 6 answers

What is my password again?

What do you do with your passwords? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Mar 3, 2009 - 48 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

Why do I have to create an account?

Why do an increasing number of e-commerce sites force me to set up an account, including an e-mail address and a password, as part of the checkout process. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 27, 2008 - 20 answers

What should the password policy at a small liberal arts college be?

What should the password policy at a small liberal arts college be? [more inside]
posted by andythebean on Dec 17, 2008 - 47 answers

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