Recently I had to answer a series of questions so that if needed I could reset my password by answering three of them correctly. Reasonably well done and a decent variety of questions. One section had a question along the lines of “the first name of your best friend from childhood”. Decent question, not many […]Read more "Password Reset Questions and Friends With Three Letter Names"
Last week Ebay announced that some accounts were compromised, including passwords with as yet unstated encryption. Those who aren’t tech savvy here “encryption” and think “well, then I’m ok”. Maybe yes, may no. The problem is that if they break the encryption they will immediately try to plug that password into hundreds of sites. The […]Read more "It’s Time to End Password Reuse"
Two days felt like a long time, so we found a cloud server with 16 cores we could use. We guessed on the threads and were able to run it at an average of 90% utilization (and it seems to use all the cores). The initial projection was 14 hours so it seemed better, but […]Read more "Password Cracking–Part 2"