Questions regarding passwords and the use of them. Where and when it is needed for system security.

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How to find out root password for installing software

I'm trying to install the NetBeans IDE in my Ubuntu and in the process it's asking for my root password which I don't remember. I know my sudo user password. How can I recover my root password?
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Unlock keyring prompts three times instead of one time

When I have "automatic login" activated, the "Unlock the Gnome Keyring" box asks for my password. But this happens three times. There are three boxes asking me for my password. In 10.04 the box ...
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How safe are my files in /home?

This is a community wiki. I would really like other folk's thoughts on this. I do not want to discuss the ethics of storing plain text passwords either. For those unfamiliar, libpurple is the library ...
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Auto select user on login screen

I am new to Ubuntu (10.10), migrating from Windows 7 and I want to setup my login screen so it auto-selects user (there is only one user profile on my system) and that it asks for my password so I can ...
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How can I easily encrypt a file?

Is there any simple (IE: right click in Nautilus) way to password protect a particular folder/file in Ubuntu? I've got a few files containing sensitive info and I'd much prefer that if/when I leave my ...
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Disable password access through SSH?

I'm setting up a server for backing up my desktop box remotely. I want to prevent remote password access to the server, permitting only users with private keys (AKA my desktop box) to access it. How ...
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How can the rules that determine valid user passwords be changed? [closed]

Are there any particular rules on what a valid password is, speaking of length, upper- and lower and/or special characters, numbers, etc. and if so how they can be changed?
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How can a user avoid entering password on boot? [closed]

Is there a way to avoid entering a password in the process of booting up? I am using a new and latest installation of Ubuntu, with Gnome desktop in it.