Posts Tagged ‘password protection’

Password ProtectionFree tool KeePass 2 Portable: free open source password manager

Almost no one escapes from the hacker, who goes on the hunt for passwords. To avoid trouble will be possible only to those who keeps their passwords on a flash drive in encrypted form.

Many firms have been victims of hackers who stole millions of passwords and other important data. An analysis of this data showed that users often use weak passwords like “123456” or one key for many services. This facilitates for hackers their task, and at the same time, such carelessness can be understood – who is able to remember more than a dozen complex passwords? (more…)

password hashingThe competition Password Hashing Competition (PHC) an attempt to identify new password hashing schemes to encourage engagement of reliable schemes for protecting passwords.

The current state of password protection is assessed as unacceptable – web-services often store user passwords in clear text or use unreliable methods of hashing, such as MD5 or SHA-1, for which effective methods of password guessing.

Of the standards forming password-based key is available only PBKDF2 (PKCS # 5, NIST SP 800-132), and of alternative implementations allocate only bcrypt and scrypt. These systems are not without drawbacks and in the community soar ideas for new methods of hashing, but these initiatives are scattered and random. The competition is intended to inspire PHC stakeholders and make their work popular and intelligent character. (more…)