Because I’ve gotten so many questions about this, I’ve finally decided to take the time to write up my thoughts on the fear-mongering spam email messages website owners often receive.
Last year, Ars Technica gave three experts a 16,000-entry encrypted password file, and asked them to break as many as possible. The winner got 90% of them, the loser 62% — in a few hours. It’s the same sort of thing we saw in 2012, 2007, and earlier. If there’s any new news, it’s that this kind of thing is getting easier faster than people think.
Facebook, I think, overall, is a lot of what’s wrong with marketing online, actually… what’s happened with Facebook is it’s given brand people — who otherwise don’t really understand the Internet or have the patience to build something that would be good enough for people to want to use — it gives them a really easy, lazy way to tell their board that they’re doing the Internet in a sense.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the World Wide Web. My own humble take on this momentous event is that I’ve personally been working on it for almost exactly 20 years now.
It was a day like many others, in early 1994, when Cameron Bales (@tarlbot), my partner-in-crime turned to me in our tiny, shared office on the second floor of (what the “physics people” called) the Physics building at Mount Allison University, here in Sackville, New Brunswick, and said,