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2toria Infographics

A quick word(le) about 2toria this year..

In the new year I’ll be posting an annual report of sorts about activity on 2toria during 2011.  I’ve been looking at some of the data and trying to figure out what will be interesting and not too ugly/useless in the report.  It will be my first ‘infographic’ so I’m really trying to figure out what will look and work best as a decent representation of what the past year has looked like for the site.

During my ‘playtime’, I just ran a quick and dirty analysis using Wordle to see what search keywords have brought people to 2toria.  I haven’t really cleaned the data up, and obviously I’ve only used total keywords rather than actual search terms.  Still, it’s quite obvious from the result what brings people to the site via search.  I know Wordle isn’t a great visualisation tool, I just like the fact it gives a quick result, and one that in some cases does give instant (if somewhat flawed) insight, as can be seen here:-

More useful analysis coming soon – comments always welcome.

Random Technology

Password complexity

This comic from xkcd.com touches on password strength and debunks a common myth – that of password complexity.

Most websites and workplaces etc are hot on password complexity to better secure your files and logins, but it would seem that it isn’t password complexity (or c0mpl3x1ty) that is important, but the length of the password.

This link, although containing some rather complex maths and other geeky stuff, gives you an idea of how long it would take to ‘break’ a password using a couple of different methods.

Here’s how long it would take to break a ‘complex’ password such as “xt15021a”:-


And here’s how long for “I love visiting 2toria.com”:-

Much longer, isn’t it?  So, when thinking up a password, it’s apparently much better, safer and easier to think of a four or five letter mnemonic or sentence that you’ll remember rather than a shorter password that’s made up of numbers, letters and other symbols.