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Afraid your password is lackluster but too lazy to make one yourself? A sixth grader in New York City will mail you a cryptographically secure password for $2.
Earlier in October, Mira Modi, 11, launched dicewarepasswords.com where she creates six-word Diceware passphrases by hand. You could make one yourself, you just need an actual six-sided dice and access to the list of English words that correlate with the numbers. The words are linked in a string of six ("ample banal bias delta gist latex") that is truly random, hard to crack, but easy enough to memorize. The method has been around for decades.
Modi told Ars Technica that her friends may not understand her hobby, but she thinks secure passwords are interesting. And it didn't come out of nowhere, Modi's mother is Julia Angwin, a journalist at ProPublica and author of Dragnet Nation, a book that covers privacy, security and surveillance.
It was helping her mom with research for the book that got Modi thinking about a password business. At first she sold passwords in-person but switched to a website to boost sales.
Of course, the most secure option is to create your Diceware passphrase privately and there is the slight chance Modi is selling your password to you and someone else. But forget the paranoia, embrace the opportunity to get a strong password and support a kid's 21st century lemonade stand.