Weekly Update 73

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I’m not entirely sure how I’ve gotten to the end of the week feeling completely wrung out whilst having only written the one thing, but here we are. In fairness though, I’ve put a heap of work into Pwned Passwords version 2 and finally completed the data set. There’s some coding work and other logistics to complete before it goes live, but the plan for now is week after next so I’m looking forward to that.

This week, it’s all about minimum password lengths. In isolation, that sounds a little mundane but in the context of the broader picture of how authentication has evolved, I think it makes for an interesting discussion. By pure coincidence, I was very happy to see a bunch of tweets similar to this over the last few days:

Do have a read of that piece if you haven’t seen it before, it’s one I continually refer back to time and time again. All that and more in this week’s update.

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  1. I’ve got a heap of upcoming events (I keep that list pretty current if you’re interested in catching up with me somewhere)
  2. What’s the right minimum length for a password? (it’s really a trick question – there isn’t one!)
  3. Gold Security is sponsoring again this week (another big shout out to those guys for their continued support!)

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