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Cognitive Engineering

246 EpisodesProduced by Aleph InsightsWebsite

Welcome to the Cognitive Engineering podcast. Occasionally coherent musings of Aleph Insights. We hope you like listening to them as much as we like recording them.


Passwords and Pins

Passwords have become an integral part of our everyday lives, keeping our money, our data and our secrets safe. But what makes a good one, or a bad one for that matter? Click, friend, and enter.

In this podcast we look at how hackers exploit passwords and analyse the common themes that make them easy to hack. We also consider whether having password restrictions (e.g. mandating password length or character requirements) may actually be doing more harm than good. Finally, we explore how passwords and security might evolve in the future as authentication technologies advance.

A few things we mentioned in this podcast:
World’s worst passwords 8
6 reasons biometrics are bad authenticators
Have I been pwned?
Breached websites:
Why 2FA SMS is a bad idea
PIN number analysis
Password Cracking
Yildirim and Mackie (2019), Encouraging users to improve password security and memorability
Password Managers

Find more Cognitive Engineering episodes here and for more information on Aleph Insights visit our website
Image: Santeri Viinamäki via Wikimedia Commons

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