Michael Ghens

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Password guru regrets past advice

<b>The author of an influential guide to computer passwords says he now regrets several of the tips he gave.</b><p>Bill Burr had advised users to change their password every 90 days and to muddle up words by adding capital letters, numbers and symbols - so, for example, "protected" might become "pr0t3cT3d4!".<p>…

The US government says you shouldn’t be forced to use special characters in your passwords

It might be getting easier to remember all of your passwords. The standards organization of the United States, NIST, has concluded that many common requirements for passwords, like forcing you to use special characters, are misguided.<p>Instead, NIST recommends the use of lengthy passwords, and …

Information Systems

Taste Beyond The Tongue

How Google's search algorithm spreads false information with a rightwing bias

Search and autocomplete algorithms prioritize sites with rightwing bias, and far-right groups trick it to boost propaganda and misinformation in search rankings<p>Google’s search algorithm appears to be systematically promoting information that is either false or slanted with an extreme rightwing bias …

Algorithms