Edward Snowden says your password should be MargaretThatcherIs110%SEXY

Graham Cluley

The recent hilarious interview between John Oliver and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has served up another juicy titbit.

Check out this clip (which wasn’t broadcast on TV) of Snowden offering advice on passwords.

Watch the video which Last Week Tonight with John Oliver posted on YouTube.

Very funny.

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4 Replies to “Edward Snowden says your password should be MargaretThatcherIs110%SEXY”

  1. I think I can remember "MargaretThatcherIs110%SEXY", but not more than several of similar ones Another problem is that I do not think I can remember the relations of which passphrase is used for which account. At the end of the day I would either have to re-use the same passphrase across many accounts or or have to carry around a memo with the accounts and corresponding passphrases on it..

    Biometrics that have to depend on a password cannot be a solution. We urgently need a successor to the character password, which should be found from among the broader family of the passwords and the likes.

  2. LOL that is hilarious. And is it just me or is that interviewer David Mitchell's separated-at-birth twin?!

    I predict there will soon be as many people using "MargaretThatcherIs110%SEXY" as there are using "correcthorsebatterystaple" (https://www.xkcd.com/936/)

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