The Major Advances In Password Cracking In The Past Five Years

by Grey One •

Ars Technica has a fascinating article that describes the latest techniques hackers are using to crack passwords. From the article: A PC running a single AMD Radeon HD7970 GPU, for instance, can try on average an astounding 8.2 billion password combinations each second, depending on the algorithm used to scramble them. Only a decade ago, such speeds were possible only …

What Are The Most Popular and Least Popular PINs?

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What the most popular and least popular numbers used for PINs? The answer is here. In this heatmap image above, the x-axis depicts the left two digits from [00] to [99] and the y-axis depicts the right two digits from [00] to [99]. The bottom left is 0000, and the top right is 9999. Color is used to represent frequency. …

Wickr: Send Self-Destructing, Encrypted Messages

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  Wickr is a free app for the iPhone that allows you to send self-destructing, private instant messages to your friends. You can send text messages, video and audio messages. The whole transmission process is private — even the Wickr app developers cannot read the message, because they are encrypted before they leave your device. Wickr also has a feature …

Freedom Box: A Computer Built From The Ground Up With Privacy In Mind

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The FreedomBox is basically a router loaded up with privacy-ensuring software. Once plugged into your home network, it will “protect your security, your privacy and your anonymity while you use the internet,” according to James Vasile, the executive director of the FreedomBox Foundation, the nonprofit which was formed to develop the technology using more than $85,000 raised on Kickstarter. The …