Good morning, and happy Thanksgiving to our US readers! Often, security and privacy news can be disappointing, worrying, and even dystopian, so we thought we'd use this Thanksgiving newsletter to take a moment to cover some security and privacy advances we're grateful for.
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What we're thankful for
Password manager extensions
We can't say we're thankful for passwords and especially complex password policies, like "three special characters, two numbers, no repeated letters." That's the sort of security feature that reinforces the popular impression that security and convenience have to be at odds with each other. Fortunately, password managers not only spare us the inconvenience of remembering complicated passwords but also make using the web a little more convenient in their own way. We're thankful for how password managers make it easier to deal with changing passwords and how password manager extensions protect against phishing attacks.
Password managers make it easy to have unique passwords for every website, which helps limit the impact of one of the websites you use getting breached. If a site stores its passwords insecurely and they get stolen, it's a lot …