Password FAQs:

Q: Is a password a word or string of characters used for user authentication to prove identity or access approval to gain access to a resource?

A: Yes, and which is to be kept secret from those not allowed access.

Q: Are passwords commonly used by people during a log in process that controls access to protected computer operating systems?

A: Yes, and mobile phones, cable TV decoders, automated teller machines , etc.

Q: Are passwords also much less convenient to change because many people need to be told at the same time?

A: Yes, and they make removal of a particular user's access more difficult, as for instance on graduation or resignation.

Q: Are passwords used on websites to authenticate users and are usually maintained on the Web server, meaning the browser on a remote system sends a password to the server , the server checks the password and sends back the relevant content?

A: Yes, This process eliminates the possibility of local reverse engineering as the code used to authenticate the password does not reside on the local machine.

Q: Are passwords known to be ancient?

A: Yes.

Q: Are passwords formed from multiple words and may more accurately be called a passphrase?

A: Yes.

Q: Are passwords generally short enough to be easily memorized and typed?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a password used as a key to encrypt a fixed value?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a password readable without effort during transport by any eavesdropper?

A: Yes.

Q: Are passwords plain text?

A: Yes, and hashed, hashed and salted, and reversibly encrypted.

Q: Was a password password1?

A: Yes, and confirming yet again the general lack of informed care in choosing passwords among users.

Q: Were passwords dead a few years ago?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a password required to gain access?

A: Yes.

Q: Are passwords done at Google?

A: Yes.

Q: Are passwords vulnerable to interception while being transmitted to the authenticating machine or person?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a password chosen?

A: Yes.

Q: Are passwords readily guessed automatically?

A: Yes.

Q: Are passwords promising?

A: Yes, but are not widely used.

Q: Is a password dead" is often used by advocates of alternatives to passwords"?

A: Yes, such as biometrics, two-factor authentication or single sign-on.

Q: Are passwords widely available and can make password attacks very efficient?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a password for the owner to remember generally means it will be easier for an attacker to guess?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a password dead" is a recurring idea in computer security"?

A: Yes.

Q: Are passwords an alternative means of authentication for log-in intended to be used in place of conventional password?

A: Yes, they use images, graphics or colours instead of letters, digits or special characters.

Q: Are passwords more secure per keystroke than mixed capitalization passwords?

A: Yes.

Q: Were passwords stored in cleartext in the database and were extracted through a SQL injection vulnerability?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a password passed to the system in unencrypted form?

A: Yes, and security can be lost before the new password can even be installed in the password database.

Q: Are passwords similar in some ways to single-use passwords?

A: Yes, but the value to be entered is displayed on a small item and changes every minute or so.

Q: Are passwords a disaster from a security perspective?

A: Yes, and we want to shoot them dead.

Q: Is a password to limit the total number of guesses that can be made?

A: Yes.

Q: Are passwords themselves the best fit for many of the scenarios in which they are currently used?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a password carried as electrical signals on unsecured physical wiring between the user access point and the central system controlling the password database?

A: Yes, and it is subject to snooping by wiretapping methods.

Q: Are passwords used as single-use passwords?

A: Yes, but the dynamic characters to be entered are visible only when a user superimposes a unique printed visual key over a server generated challenge image shown on the user's screen.

Q: Are passwords dead?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a password to be met by two clicks in reply?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a password given to a compromised employee?

A: Yes, and little is gained.

Q: Are passwords also typically tested?

A: Yes.