10: Viral TikTok Workouts, The Psychology of Money, and Brute Force Protection

Happy Monday!

Hope you enjoy this week’s 3 things:

🥗 Is the 12-3-30 workout a hoax?

I don’t personally use TikTok (or browse it for that matter), but I’m privy to anything that goes viral over there. Lately, TikTok workouts have become somewhat of a thing, and lately the 12-3-30 workout, created by Lauren Giraldo, has been trending.

The workout is just 3 steps: Set the treadmill to a 12 degrees incline, set the speed to 3mph, and then strut your stuff for 30 minutes.

On the surface, this is a great way to get a cardio workout in while flexing some extra muscles in your legs. After all, it’s just walking on a hill. But beneath the surface, Lauren makes some pretty dramatic weight-loss promises, most of which are total BS.

Is the 12-3-30 workout a good thing to do? Yes, but it’s just one piece of a healthy exercise routine (not the whole enchilada). You can, and should, feel good about doing it. Just don’t expect the dramatic results she claims.

💸 The psychology of money

Ever since reading The Psychology of Money (affiliate link) by Morgan Housel, he’s been a go-to source of mine for finance-related tips.

So naturally, I was super stoked when I saw he did a podcast with Tim Ferriss (that spanned nearly 3 hours)!

If you don’t know Tim or Morgan, this podcast would be a great intro to them both.

100% worth the listen.

🧙 Hate setting new passwords? Me too, but here’s why we do it.

If you don’t know what a brute force attack is, it’s a hacking method that uses trial and error to crack passwords, login credentials, and other encrypted things in order to gain access to your stuff.

A hacker will use computers and algorithms to cycle through all possible combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols until he hits the jackpot and lands on the correct login info. It’s simple, yet incredibly effective against those who use “easy” passwords.

The infographic below puts things into perspective, and it’s worth looking at the data behind your own password to see if (maybe) you need to upgrade it.

Oh, and by the way. This chart changes YEARLY, and once supercomputers become more readily available to everyday people, hackers will be able to instantly gain access to increasingly complex passwords.


Have a good (no, GREAT) week.