Edward Snowden Got One Fifth of Americans to Adopt Better Passwords

Thanks to Edward Snowden, almost 22% of Americans have adopted more complex passwords, one of the most basic things they could do to keep themselves safer online.

That’s according to a Pew Research study released this week tracking how Americans have responded to the disclosures about government spying. It found that 87% of Americans are aware of the surveillance programs. And of those 87%, 25% are using more complex passwords. That likely means they’ve ditched passwords like “password” and replaced them with things that are harder for the average criminal hacker to guess.

That’s actually a very significant change, all brought about by one guy’s effort to illuminate what our government is doing. It won’t protect most people against the NSA, but will make people safer from identity theft.

Meanwhile, Congress is diddling away passing a bill, CISA, that probably would not have prevented any known hack. I’d say Snowden is doing a better job at protecting the country.

4 replies
  1. galljdaj says:

    for sure! It does not protect from a corrupt USA gOVT! I spent 6 hours recovering from a USA gOVT HACK JOB Today! A retaliation for supporting The Peoples of Venezuela and condeming the Murder in chief, lil obama!

  2. Rayne says:

    Still can’t believe that asshat Senator Lindsey Graham — who has never sent an email — weighs in on internet policy. Can only imagine the enormous utility he offers his constituents based on his personal knowledge in regards to CISA.

    Give me Snowden over idiots like Know-Nothing Graham any day.

      • Rayne says:

        Graham’s entire life is a lie. If he thinks he’s going to run for POTUS without ever having to answer for his “lifestyle choice” lie while depriving people of their civil rights, he’s got another thing coming to him.

        But then I’m sure that same big lie is how they keep him on a leash, barking their tune while maintaining the fiction of plausible deniability because he’s never emailed. Immaculate interception, if you will.

        I’d feel sorry for him if it wasn’t for the fact he has actively perpetuated this oppression for lack of ethics and personal spine.

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