Perfect Passwords: Poems

| October 23, 2015

The Washington Post covers ISI researchers’ work on effective passwords.

A photo of binary code with a magnifying glass enlarging the word "password" within the code

What’s in a password?

ISI’s Kevin Knight and Marjan Ghazvininejad headline The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog” technology column on October 23, 2015 – the second time this month the Post column has featured ISI researchers. This week’s Wonkblog focuses on creating the Holy Grail of passwords: sequences that are simultaneously highly memorable and virtually impossible to crack.

Knight and Ghazvininejad hit on the idea of generating rhyming, nonsensical couplets from the entire contents of a dictionary. Here’s how to memorize a random 60-bit string; email the duo to generate your own.

Published on October 23rd, 2015

Last updated on July 14th, 2021

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