Strong passwords easy to remember

PasswordsAs the number of webservices we’re using is increasing at a considerable pace, the need for a good password strategy becomes mandatory.

This post will propose a solution that I came up with after struggling some time with known bad practices.

Let’s review first some common fatal mistakes in choosing passwords:

  1. Use common dictionary words (including pet names and science-fiction characters…)
  2. Replace letters with numbers (p455w0rd)
  3. Use the same strong password on several sites (k1L,x,b|rd5,1,5t0N)
  4. Just google “bad passwords” and find other wrong approaches…

The perfect solution is to generate a long enough truly random string using letters (capital and non), numbers and punctuation characters for each service, however the main drawback I see in this approach is that you need a secure vault where to store all your passwords since you would never be able to remember them.

There are several commercial and free applications that do this, even with cloud replication, however they also rely on you remembering 1 strong passphrase to unlock the vault, this is their weak link.

The approach I propose also relies on having 1 strong passphrase but the benefit is that you will always be able to reconstruct your password if needed even if you don’t have access to the vault or dismiss the application license.

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About Privacy – part 1

AnonymityIt’s weird to read about people questioning the suitability of regulations that would limit anonymity on Internet while this has never truly existed. Each device we use to access Internet leaves countless hints, direct or indirect, that reveal us with amazing accuracy.

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Wikipedia on Unesco World Heritage list

UNESCO World Heritage A-DomeThe first criteria to be included on the UNESCO Heritage list is to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius: hence proposing Wikipedia for this acknowledgement must have been fairly obvious.

As a collaborative platform it can even be seen as the sum of the genius of everyone contributing to its update, thus, with a very holistic interpretation, raise to the monumental achievement of conveying human knowledge in his transcendent meaning.

Among others, a very interesting feature that highlights Wikipedia’s value is its immanent incompleteness and innate contradictoriness, sublime properties shared with mathematical logic.

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La TV su Internet nella Internet TV [in Italian]

Internet TVGli “incumbent” muovono sempre piccoli passi misurati quando si avventurano nell’inesplorato mondo dell’innovazione, non stupisce quindi l’accordo tra RAI e Sony per trasformare Internet in un gigantesco mangianastri per la TV.

Se il 3D non rappresenta che un adeguamento alla percezione naturale – come il colore nelle pellicole – l’integrazione con la rete è, al momento, il più promettente catalizzatore di innovazione per questo media. Tuttavia i semi di questa rivoluzione vanno probabilmente ricercati in sconosciute start-up, che sapranno cogliere l’essenza di questa opportunità.

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Tablets, here now even when missing

Tablets, here now even when missing

The Italian Statistical Institute (Istat) revises every year the list of products to monitor in order to define trends for the cost of living in Italy. This year a lot of emphasis has been put on the introduction of Tablets and the disappearing of DVD rental.

No one would argue that physical-media video rental is over, Blockbuster filing being the recurrent example, killed by file sharing well before the advent of Online Video On Demand services that are still lacking decent catalogues in many countries.

What is mostly surprising is the effort from the Institute to include a quite niche sector, currently dominated by Apple’s iPad, with volumes very far from mass-market.

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2011 – Dematerialization Year

2011The Digital Evolution that we’ve witnessed during last years will reach, in coming months, a fundamental milestone for the favored side of the World: Mass-market Adoption.

Until now the majority of Digital Innovation was reserved for a tech-savvy niche, that was able to exploit technology, however remaining very far from wide audience that could hardly understand how to leverage it in daily life.

The impact will be epochal.

Dematerialization will occur on the 2 known sides – content and tools to access it – creating a new middle ground.

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Welcome Amazon in Italy, Country of early adopters

Colosseum - Rome

Since few days the US e-commerce giant has open officially Italy, while all focus is on the impact over the Digital Business and over the artificially frozen positions of the players, it’s key to evaluate the cultural side effects.

Italy is known as being a country with abnormally little readership, TV rules – apparently undisputed – the information domain, while videogames and now Facebook dominate entertainment.

Is it likely that Italians are more ignorants than other countries’ citizens they’re faced with?

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Net Wanderer

Update: see how Net ID is key but totally ignored by almost every article over the Web…

If, in the coming hours, the rumors will be confirmed, the #1 Social Network will become also the Leading Email Provider Worldwide in terms of customers base: what’s beyond the statistical curiosity?

Email is still today the only tool used to validate our net “Identity”; if we forget a password to sign in a website/service, there are big chances that the only way to recover the access will be through it.

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Sony Internet Google TV… you kidding?

Sony Internet Google TV RemoteWelcome in the ’80s… 30 years later… It’s amazing how such a product has been greenlighted while both companies (and the rest of the world) is moving toward usable devices and services instead of torturing users with unintuitive models.

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Advertisement evolution: from Mouse Trap to Social Ratings

Update 2: latest Facebook Deals announcement is quite in line with my forecast
Update: interesting research in line with my post

Advertisement Evolution

We’re most probably at the verge of an abrupt shift in Marketing since its birth and one of the biggest Adv Company may miss it… or not?

At the beginning it was just Shop Signs, merchants would reach consumers according to their line-of-sight visibility: it was the Mouse Trap approach …then Advertisement aimed to reach people that couldn’t see the signs: it was the Broadcast approach …then the first big change appeared thanks to web search engines (if you exclude yellow pages): Marketing moved from Push to Pull approach …but Consumers would still be highly influenced by who has the biggest budget.

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