11 year-old kids don’t usually have the best passwords for their online needs. In fact, I’m 24 and my own passwords are as elementary as can be. Mira Modi, a sixth grader from New York believes in actually protecting yourself from the hacking that will inevitably befall all our lazy password-making butts however.
She’s started her own website called Dicewarepasswords which generates and sells cryptographically secure passwords using diceware to customers for $2 a pop.
The Diceware program works by rolling a dice to reveal different combinations of numbers, which are then matched to a list of English words in a random pattern that makes it difficult to decode. Mira first got on the Diceware bandwagon when her mom employed her to generate Diceware passphrases as part of research for a book.
“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. Now we have such good computers, people can hack into anything so much more quickly,” Mira said, when speaking to Arstechnica. Kids don’t always say the darndest things I guess.
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