Edward Snowden Tells John Oliver How to Generate the Best Passphrases

On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, a long conversation with Edward Snowden wound up turning into advice on coming up with good passwords. The upshot? Passwords of 8 characters or less are basically crackable in seconds. And the best (memorable) password that Snowden could come up with was margaretthatcheris110%SEXY.

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Public PGP key
PGP fingerprint: CA58 326B 1ACB 133B 0D15 5BCE 3FC6 9123 B2AA 1E1A


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Damn. I have to change my password now. How’d you guess it, Snowden? You sly bastard.