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Rob N

I do things. Mostly computer things. Sometimes I write about them.

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I gave a keynote at CompCon Australia 2016 about the history of and problems with passwords, and some of the things we can do to make the best of a bad situation.

This talk is broad, but not very deep. There’s several million things that I wanted to go in to but just couldn’t fit into the limited time - I could talk for days on this if allowed. So here I’m adding a bunch of links for further reading, for anyone that wants more info on a particular topic.

I gave out U2F devices to conference attendees after the talk, with one condition: they have to post or say something publically about what they did with it, even if its just adding it to a GitHub account.

Slides: A br1ef h1st0ry of [email protected] [PDF 35M]; Deckset source [GitHub]

Passwords have always been terrible

Encourage high-quality passwords

Keep passwords secret

Make passwords useless

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