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May 2015

Library Freedom Project on Radio Boston

This afternoon, I went on WBUR Boston’s Radio Boston program to talk about how Edward Snowden inspired me to start the Library Freedom Project, and why I think libraries are the perfect place to educate the public about privacy. Listen to me say “um” about a thousand times here:

Strong passphrases for privacy and security

Crossposted from Choose Privacy Week

I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but your password sucks. I know you use the same one for everything, and it probably contains some personally identifiable information – your dad’s birthday, your pet’s name, the year of your anniversary. Even if you think you’ve got a good password strategy, if it contains any kind of pattern – a famous quote, a song lyric – it can very easily be cracked. Consider how much access that password — the one you’re using for everything – gives to your private life. Whether you’re worried about exploits from criminal hackers or rogue government intelligence agencies, weak passwords put your private data at risk.

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