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New York: Mira Modi, an 11 year old girl of Indian origin in the US has started her own website where dice rolls generate cryptographically secure passwords.

The sixth grader in New York City charges $2 to generate a six-word Diceware passphrase for her customers.

Diceware, a familiar system which goes decades back, uses dice rolling as a way to generate random numbers, which are then matched to a long list of English words.

The passphrases are then created by combining these words into a non-sensical string which is very random and thus, difficult to crack. However, these passphrases have been proved to be easily memorized by humans.

“This whole concept of making your own passwords and being super secure and stuff, I don’t think my friends understand that, but I think it’s cool,” Modi told ‘Ars Technica’.

Julia Angwin, Modi’s mother, is a veteran journalist and author of Dragnet Nation. As a part of research for her book, Angwin employed her daughter to generate passphrases.

It was at this time that Modi thought of turning this into a business.

Modi physically rolls a dice for each order she gets, and looks up the words in a printed copy of the Diceware word list. She then notes down the corresponding password string onto a piece of paper and sends it to the customer by post.

“I think (good passwords are) important. Now we have such good computers, people can hack into anything so much more quickly,” Modi said.

(Inputs from Economic Times)

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Instagram Launches Beta Version if its in-app Shopping Feature in US

Instagram's plans on rolling out the feature globally remain unclear

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Facebook-owned photo messaging app Instagram has launched the beta version of its in-app shopping feature in the US that would allow over a billion users to buy products tagged in images or videos without having to leave the platform.

Called “Checkout with Instagram”, the feature would allow US users to shop from over 20 brands including Adidas, Kylie Cosmetics and Warby Parker, without re-directing users to other websites.

“We will introduce a selling fee to help fund programmes and products that help make checkout possible, as well as offset transaction-related expenses,” TechCrunch quoted an Instagram spokesperson as saying on Tuesday.

The photo-messaging app would charge sellers making sales an undisclosed amount of fee.

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“We aren’t sharing the specific number right now. We are testing a selling fee with businesses during the closed beta. It will not change the price of the items for consumers,” the spokesperson said.

Checkout tags would appear on feed posts, Stories and Explore content from the brands in the closed beta that Instagram plans to eventually open to more businesses.

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For now, those who use Instagram’s shopping feature can pay with PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover, the report added.

Instagram’s plans on rolling out the feature globally remain unclear. (IANS)