Philip Ganderton

Welcome to my website.  Following the demise of, which I had hosted for over 10 years, I launched this website in 2013. It has a new host, a new look, and a new domain name (
Here you’ll find an academic section with details on my classes, and my research. Currently I am Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, but I still teach courses for the Economics Department. There’s also a section about the consulting and expert witness services I offer.
I post frequently to a blog called Ramblings.  Then there are my personal pages, that let me share a little of myself.  You can read about my obsession with my car, bicycles, photography, woodwork and a few other things.  My photography site has been around the web the longest, and doesn’t get the attention it deserves, I’m afraid.
I hope you find something of interest here. If you do, please comment via the Facebook and Twitter sharing links–or not. Thanks for visiting, and cheers!
Philip Ganderton
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Recent Posts

Those darn passwords

Recently I was asked by my bank to change my password. This coincided with a new website and mobile banking interface for the bank. The new password had to be at least 8 characters long and contain at least one number, one capital letter and one special character. Whaaaat? It works out that this kind of password is actually not very secure, and more likely to be hacked by a computer hacker than more simple passwords. It might not come as a surprise, but computers can try out combinations of characters in nano-seconds. The number of combinations that must be searched before finding your password is directly related to the length of your password. This password:


is way more secure than this password:


And the first password is easier to remember! I complained to the bank, but it fell on deaf ears. I was told they consulted with experts on internet security and follow banking industry practice to ensure the highest level of security through password choice. That’s just bullshit.

You can read more about password security in this WIRED article.

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