This 11-Year-Old Can Boost Your Password Game For Just $2

For a world that runs on passwords, most of us really don't know how to manage them. We’re bad at keeping track of them, bad about diversifying, bad about updating and safeguarding them—we’re bad at all of it. Thankfully, there’s an 11-year-old in New York who can help.

Mira Modi is the sixth grader who started, a one-girl business operation that generates cryptographically secure passwords for $2 a pop. When you place the order, Modi creates a six-word password using Diceware, a system in which you roll an actual die to get a set of random numbers that correspond to a word. In the end, you’ve created a series of words that make no sense as a sentence or phrase, but are very tough for a hacker to crack. Best of all, they're easier to recall than, say, a string of letters, numbers, and punctuation.

To keep things as secure as possible, Modi then sends the password via snail mail. It comes handwritten in a white envelope. She doesn’t keep a copy of it, so once the password is in your mailbox, you have the only documentation.

The business started with Modi’s mother, Julia Angwin, who’s a journalist and author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance. Modi helped her mom with the book by generating Diceware passwords, and then decided to try to make a business of it. She started selling her custom passwords at book events, but expanded to an online store to boost sales.

"This whole concept of making your own passwords and being super secure and stuff, I don’t think my friends understand that, but I think it’s cool," Modi told Ars Technica

They also contacted the creator of Diceware, Arnold Reinold, to get his reaction to Modi's burgeoning business: "I am tickled to hear this, and no, I haven’t heard of anything like it before," he said.

A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.


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