Passwords! They safeguard our most important information, but they’re such a pain, aren’t they? Every site imposes a different set of restrictions on password creation and they seem to get stolen from one place or another every other day, but they are absolutely necessary.
Given that passwords aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, it stands to reason that something must be done to thwart the increasing numbers of Not Nice People who would do us harm. I don’t know about you, but thinking about this stuff makes my brain hurt, which is why I’ve been using 1Password for almost 10 years.
Fortunately, there are some very, very smart folks who don their proverbial white hats and convene twice a year at an event called Passwords, where they figure out how to keep us safe. Launched in 2010, this conference focuses on the analysis of authentication solutions, in an effort to better understand and meet the challenges of digital authentication.
This year, our very own Jeff Goldberg was in attendance at #passwords15. If you don’t know who he is, allow me to introduce you. He’s our Chief Defender Against the Dark Arts, and a self-proclaimed explanation junkie. Seriously, he explains everything. At length. And very, very well. This makes him an excellent candidate to give a talk at such a conference, which is fantastic, because that’s exactly what he did.
In his presentation, Jeff talks about pronounceable passwords, entering them on various devices, Diceware, the successor to PBKDF2, and more. Check it out! You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, it’ll be great.