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Explain why Moore's Law makes it increasingly more important to create strong passwords.

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Posted June 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM via web

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Explain why Moore's Law makes it increasingly more important to create strong passwords.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM (Answer #1)

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Moore's law is an asserted correlation made in 1965 by Intel co-founder, Gordon Moore. He noted something quite simple: that, as years pass the transistors (conduits) contained within microchips (integrated circuits) double every year. This means that computer speed doubles, the grids widen, and the predictability of growth in computing becomes almost exact. The predictability of this trend may give potential hackers a way to predict the changes that take place in the transmission of information. In turn, this may help hackers the power to use trends as a way to crack passwords even regardless of password protection mechanisms. 

However, this is up for debate because a system that is not cracked in itself will find many ways to mitigate any potential hacking. Hence, Moore's law would only affect systems that are already broken or insufficiently protected. Regardless, it is clear that there is always a possibility for a very inductive and deductive thinker to correlate changing formula in technology and figure out how to poke holes in an otherwise solid system. 

Now, take into consideration how the speed with which transistors grow per square inch of the IC has made it possible to use such complex "freebie" to develop faster and cheaper technologies. Most young people either do not set passwords, forget them often, or share them. In other words, the ease of acquiring information provided by Moore's law may also make us less concerned about password security. Therefore, human basic flaws could ultimately be the most important factor to make password usage and protection clearly take center stage. 

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