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How to use the Same Password Safely May 11, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in cool stuff, Science & Technology.
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PwdHash

Face it, most of us can’t remember all of those paswords, so we tend to use the same ones ovr and over. THe problem is if someone gets hold of it and knows where you bank or goes to E-Bay with it… wel you get the idea. Well some boys from Stanford brought us Google. Now that Stanford Security lab has posted this simple free tool, which you can download to use.

PwdHash is an browser extension that transparently converts a user’s password into a domain-specific password. The user can activate this hashing by choosing passwords that start with a special prefix (@@) or by pressing a special password key (F2). PwdHash automatically replaces the contents of these password fields with a one-way hash of the pair (password, domain-name). As a result, the site only sees a domain-specific hash of the password, as opposed to the password itself.

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