11-year-old Mira Modi has created a system for generating secure passwords and started a business selling them for $2 each, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to thechive.com
She named her business DiceWare. She explains how she creates passwords: “You roll a die 5 times and write down each number. Then you look up the resulting five-digit number in the Diceware dictionary, which contains a numbered list of short words.”
The result is a string of 5 words in non-sensical order that is extremely hard to crack. Mira says she got the idea when her mom, Julia Angwin, first paid her to create passwords for her. Angwin is an award winning investigative journalist and author of ‘Dragnet Nation’, a book about how the government, private companies, and criminals use technology sweep up our personal data.
When an order comes in Mira generates a password then mails it to the customer handwritten on a piece of paper. She tells people to capitalize random letters and add symbols after they receive it so it cannot be stolen.
Mira wants to learn ciphering and hacking when she gets older.