The other day a few students asked me whether the most secure password actually was a passphrase consisting of at least three words. They had read this here (which is more or less a Dutch translation of this post). Passphrases are also recommended by Bits of Freedom. The source of the students was a bit dodgy however (claiming that the passphrase “This is fun” is secure forever!), so I decided to investigate.
Steeds meer winkels accepteren geen contant geld meer. Pinnen moet – in plaats van pinnen mag. Als reden wordt het voorkomen van overvallen genoemd. Maar mag het wel: contant geld weigeren? En wat nu als je nergens meer contant kunt betalen? Dat heeft gevolgen voor de privacy, en de betrouwbaarheid van de samenleving.
This weekend I decided to change my Google account password. In response, Google sent me an email to the account address, notifying me of this fact. The email told me that if I did not change my password (and apparently someone else did it for me) I should click on a link to reset my password. Excellent service right? Until I realised we are all doomed!