Data Encryption: Creating Passphrases That You Can Memorize While Thwarting Would-Be Monitors.

Over at, The Intercept has an article on creating passphrases (not passwords) that are strong and memorizable.  The trick lies in the number of elements (that is, how many words are used in the passphrase) and randomness.  Indeed, the principle is not different from how encryption works to secure data.  For example, AlertBoot’s managed […] read more

Data Encryption: Game Livestreaming Site "Twitch" Resets Encrypted Passwords.

If you’re not a gamer or interested in computer games, you may not be familiar with Twitch, a site that streams live feeds of people playing (and commenting on) titles like League of Legends or Counter-Strike.  However, the site is extremely popular – notes that it’s the “fourth largest site… in terms of peak […] read more

Laptop Encryption: Don’t Forget To Use Strong Passwords.

According to, one of the most sought-after (and currently incarcerated) hackers was identified and trapped because he used his pet’s name as his password to his Mac disk encryption.  At least, he thinks that’s how it happened.  He’s probably right, seeing how it was “Chewy123”. The Interview In an interview conducted with Jeremy Hammond, […] read more

Data Security: 2013’s Worst Password Is 123456.

What is the worst password?  According to, the top worst password is 123456.  The site goes on to note that it finally “dethroned” perennial worst password winner password.  Familiar entries, for those who follow this kind of stuff, comprise the rest of the “worst passwords” in their top 25 list.  A hint: if you’re […] read more

Password Security: Hashcat Can Crack 55 Character Passwords.

Wired is reporting that the password cracking program “ocl-Hashcat-plus” is now able to crack passwords up to 55 characters long.  The importance of strong, unique passwords is not lost on people who use managed laptop disk encryption like AlertBoot FDE.  However, at some point, one has to wonder whether lengthier passwords are the answer to […] read more