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(MacRumors)   Apple's multimillion dollar advanced security system foiled by a Scrabble dictionary and a shiatty graphics card. No, that isn't snark, that is the actual truth   (macrumors.com) divider line 10
    More: Fail, Scrabble, security systems, iOS, Scrabble dictionary, wifi hotspots, GPUs, random numbers, gas generator  
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-19 08:35:16 PM  
2 votes:
a combination of a short English word along with random numbers

If only there were some geek who couldn't draw to make a webcomic instruction on creating easily remembered but hard to crack passwords.
2013-06-20 01:17:47 AM  
1 votes:
Quantumbunny: lower case letter
upper case letter
special character


And that substitution crap is dead as well.

You know, where you use an ! or 1 in place of I, or a 0 instead of O, or 3 instead of E.

// These days, common word passwords get run through mutators that generate all of the variants. It's basically no better than using the bare word itself.
2013-06-20 12:43:51 AM  
1 votes:

dr_blasto: The point being, this is a ridiculous complaint. Anyone interested in security wouldn't be affected.


It's a very valid complaint.  The people who aren't "interested in security" need it the most.

They need strong automagically generated passwords, because they wouldn't know that they have weak ones.
2013-06-19 11:46:06 PM  
1 votes:
And by a shiatty graphics card you mean the highest end graphics card of the last generation or four of the second fastest single-chip cards of this generation, right?

Cards that probably won't be feasible anywhere near where people feel the need to create a wifi hotspot.

/Still hate Apple
//Love desktop hardware
2013-06-19 11:05:51 PM  
1 votes:
correct horse battery staple
2013-06-19 11:01:28 PM  
1 votes:

dr_blasto: rwhamann: dr_blasto: Um, how does Apple's auto-generating password thingy constitute an advanced security system?

I mean, if you were really interested in secure connections, wouldn't you create your own complicated alphanumeric strings with symbols? If you weren't worried or otherwise didn't care about security at all, this little password generator would probably be your first choice and should meet your expectations.

You actually can create your own - you don't have to keep the one the phone chooses for you.

I know, that's the point. IF you really cared, you would make your own and not just rely on the simple auto-generated one. The point being, this is a ridiculous complaint. Anyone interested in security wouldn't be affected.


Not only that, but the device shows you how many devices are connected. It does so on the home and lock screens. So, in the unlikely confluence of events where you are using your iOS device as a hotspot and 1) You didn't change the password, 2) Somebody nearby was trying to crack your password, and 3) You are in proximity long enough for it to happen, then you STILL will likely notice "Hey, I show two/three/etc. devices connected and I only connected one. I ought to do something."

If you're THAT obtuse, fark it, you have it coming.
2013-06-19 09:26:39 PM  
1 votes:
A 6990 isn't exactly a shiatty card, even if it is a generation old, that is all.
2013-06-19 09:22:17 PM  
1 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: I hate Scrabble dictionaries.

I have an abridged two volume OED and that's what a real man uses for Scrabble.

And ALL the words count, biatches.


Real men use the unabridged OED.
2013-06-19 08:19:35 PM  
1 votes:
Um, how does Apple's auto-generating password thingy constitute an advanced security system?

I mean, if you were really interested in secure connections, wouldn't you create your own complicated alphanumeric strings with symbols? If you weren't worried or otherwise didn't care about security at all, this little password generator would probably be your first choice and should meet your expectations.
2013-06-19 08:10:26 PM  
1 votes:
This should make for a totally calm and rational discussion on Apple security.
 
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