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Mathematics makes strong case that “snoopy2” can be just fine as a password | Ars Technica

by sbrothier
Reusing weaker passwords in some cases can improve security, researchers say.

Get ready to pay for things with your veins - Quartz

by sbrothier
Fingerprint scanners like those on the latest iPhones could soon give way to another biometric identifier: The geometry of the veins in your hands. + Hackers in the Chaos Computer Club last year fooled the Apple TouchID, which unlocks the iPhone 5S when presented with a familiar finger, by creating a copy of fingerprint residue. Fingerprints, the hackers wrote in a blog post, are a terrible way to secure your information: You leave them everywhere when you touch things, and it’s (relatively) easy to create fakes that fool the current scanner technology.

This reader mocked Heartbleed, posted his passwords online. Guess what happened next.

by sbrothier
This reader mocked Heartbleed, posted his passwords online. Guess what happened next.


Your Passwords Aren't As Secure As You Think; Here's How to Fix That - Passwords - Lifehacker

by ghis
If you allow applications to save your passwords, anyone with physical access to your PC can decode them unless you're properly encrypting them—and chances are pretty good you're not. Let's walk through the right and wrong ways to store your passwords.



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by camel (via)
PassKool is a deterministic password generator. It tries to generate passwords that more or less sound like English. As PassKool generator is deterministic, identical inputs will give the same password. The security here relies on a secret passphrase used to generate the final password. A passphrase is usually easier to remember than a cryptic password. If you happen to forget the password, you can still retrieve it using PassKool. PassKool can also create deterministic password with random content. This may sound contradictory but the deterministic parameter is the seed used for the random generator. Here's a short example for a "root" account on some Unix/Linux box. By default, the password has a length of 12 characters. python "root" "top secret phrase" ---> Generated password : quencatithro If you call this command again, you will find the same password.

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