Jonathan Kopel: Passwords

Jonathan Kopel: Passwords

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  • Si...bbo...leth...
  • The first instance of a password comes from the Book of Judges. A man did not pronounce the word "Shibboleth" correctly, and died.
  • Nice try! Trying to break in, huh? This is payback!
  • Now, in 1961, Fernando Corbato is creating the first ever digital password.
  • Each member of the MIT team had their own code to access files.
  • Those working on the CTSS won't have to worry about their private information!
  • Here at Dashlane in 2019, passwords have gone even further!
  • Did you finish the security alerting system?
  • And be alerted if a company gets hacked!
  • Yep! People can now make strong passwords!
  • Type password, and the company stores it. Very weak.
  • Plain Text
  • So we have passwords, but how do they work?
  • Type password, and the company makes a string of numbers. Hackers can reverse to find password. Decent
  • Encryption
  • Type password, and the company makes a string of unique numbers plus more. Not reversible. Very strong
  • Hash and Salt
  • Then, the company adds an encryption key to further add security. 
  • Password: Pupp13s!
  • Hash: 01dfae6e5d4d90d9892622325959afbe
  • Salt: 7050461
  • First, the company adds a hash and salt to your password.
  • Encryption key
  • Plain Text: Username: qwertyuiop Password: Pupp13s!
  • Typing in my password, p...a...s...s...w...o...r...d
  • Sometimes, security systems fail. You're responsible for your own Internet safety.
  • Let's watch Jimmy and the mistakes he makes.
  • The best option is a combination of all three systems!
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