Edward Snowden Tells John Oliver How to Generate the Best Passwords

By Annalee Newitz on at

On expat-Brit John Oliver's US chat show Last Week Tonight, a long conversation with whistleblower Edward Snowden wound up turning into advice on coming up with good passwords.

The upshot? Passwords of 8 characters or less are basically computer-crackable in seconds. And the best (memorable) password that Snowden could come up with was margaretthatcheris110%SEXY.