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Do this now: Set up all your passwords the Snowden way

April 21st, 2015 at 1:12 PM
Snowden Password Tips: Pass-Phrases

A few weeks ago, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver travelled all the way to Russia to interview Edward Snowden. Snowden, of course is responsible for numerous leaks that revealed the advanced surveillance operations intelligence agencies are capable of nowadays. The interview was particularly enjoyable thanks ti the fact that Oliver’s team was able to present serious matters in very entertaining ways. One of the gems in that episode is related to password security, PopularMechanics points out, with Snowden revealing one key tip that you absolutely should consider when setting up online passwords.

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You of course need to configure hard-to-remember passwords that include symbols, numbers and capital letters, not to mention enough number of characters; a computer can crack eight-character passwords in less than 1 second. But Snowden takes things a step further with a simple but effective idea.

You should set up pass-phrases that aren’t in password dictionaries, and which are so personal that only you could remember. These phrases would be long enough so that computers can’t brute-force their way through them as easily, and also contain the kind of characters mentioned above. 1LoveRead1ngBGREveryDay! might be one example.

For other quick tips on password from Snowden, check the following video:

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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