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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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posted by Musashi Daryl
on Jul 26, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by ebesan
on Jan 24, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -