The performance of a computer is limited by a number of factors
a) the CPU speed
b) the I/O speed - how fast can you read/write from/to disk
c) the memory bandwidth - how fast can you read/write from/to memory
d) the quantity of memory - whether you are paging the memory in and out.
Oh yes he would!
When I enter the master password into my password manager the password manager hashes the password I type millions and millions of times, taking about one second on a PC. The password manager then uses the final hash to do the decryption and open the password manager.
My phone and my tablet were stolen while I was on holiday abroad and my password managers were on both.
I did a quick estimate that it would take thousand and thousands of years for a hacker to work out my master password as I have configured the password manager to perform many millions of...
Just do a web search for password manager - you will find lots for PCs and mobile phones including those which synch between devices.
I have hundreds of passwords all of the form "*J&r8rH%35Cti\5YwNxA" stored in a password manager and I don't have to remember any of them. When I go to a...
All answers seem to assume hacking of an email or similar account, or gathering email IDs (scraping from the web does not account for how the spammer knows my friend).
No-one has commented on the method I wondered about, namely
The only way I can think is if the spammer has access to an email...
I often receive a spam email sent to me, Frodo <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and purporting to come from a friend of mine, Tom Thumb, whose ID is Tom <email@example.com>.
I am sure it isn't random chance as I don't get similar emails from people I don't know.
How does the spammer work out that