This 11-year-old girl is making our online passwords more secure
Earlier this year, a tech company based in California published a damning report that revealed what most of us already know: People are are absolutely terrible at protecting their information, especially when it comes to making up their own passwords.
But one 11-year-old girl is changing that. For just $2, New York City sixth grader Mira Modi will create a nearly impenetrable password for anyone who asks her to do so. All they have to do is make a request and she will write down a unique password and send it via snail mail.
“I wanted to make it a public thing because I wasn’t getting very much money,” she said in an interview with Ars Technica, mentioning that her business started as a small booth at her journalist mother’s book events. “I thought it would be fun to have my own website.”
Modi’s website is called Diceware Passwords and is named after a system of the same name. The way it works is that Modi takes a dice and rolls it six times, jotting down each number. The resulting number combination (i.e. 31421) corresponds with a word in a Diceware book that Modi owns. From there, she rolls the die an additional five times (for a total of 36 rolls) to create a six-word password that is completely random—and super hard to figure out. While a hacker’s computer software can easily figure out a password like “h3ll0g1ggl35,” they can’t so easily figure out one that reads “ample banal bias delta gist latex.” Computers aren’t so smart when it comes to breaking through true randomness.
“I think [good passwords are] important,” Modi said. “Now we have such good computers, people can hack into anything so much more quickly. We post a lot more social media—when people hack into that it’s not really sad, but when people [try to] hack into your bank account or your e-mail, it’s really important to have a strong password. We’re all on the Internet now.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
To get your own password, or just learn more about this amazing girl, head to dicepasswords.com.
(Image via Twitter/Dicepasswords)