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11-year-old will write you cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each

October 26th, 2015 at 12:50 PM
Diceware Secure Password System

Using weak passwords makes you a prime target for hackers, who have shown over the years that they can eat such subpar security measures for breakfast. Luckily, there are simple ways to ensure your online accounts are protected. These include using unique passwords for each service, creating long enough passwords that are easily rememberable, using password-managing services, and changing your passwords once in a while.

Interestingly, one 11-year-old girl can help with this by generating a long password for you that’s easily memorable and hard to crack. In fact, she even has an online site where she sells each password for $2 each.

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The passwords are generated using physical dice and the Diceware word list. The Diceware system involves using six sided dice as a way to generate random numbers that are then matched to a long list of English words. The words are then combined into a long non-sensical string that Ars Technica explains “exhibits true randomness,” which makes them tough to crack. “Ample banal bias delta gist latex” is one example.

Each Diceware password is then emailed by post to the paying customer, as seen in the top image.

The site in question is dicewarepasswords.com, and it’s the work of New York City sixth grader Mira Modi. Daughter of ProPublica journalist and author of Dragnet Nation Julia Angwin, Modi is very aware of the importance of strong passwords.

“This whole concept of making your own passwords and being super secure and stuff, I don’t think my friends understand that, but I think it’s cool,” Modi told Ars.

“I think [good passwords are] important. Now we have such good computers, people can hack into anything so much more quickly,” she said. “We have so much more on our social media. We post a lot more social media—when people hack into that it’s not really sad, but when people [try to] hack into your bank account or your e-mail, it’s really important to have a strong password. We’re all on the Internet now.”

“People are worried that I will take your passwords, but in reality I won’t be able to remember them,” she told Ars. “But I don’t store them on any computer anywhere. As far as I know there is only one copy of your password.”

You can order your password at this link and then wait patiently for its delivery.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.




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