Humor Non-Fiction posted October 14, 2021

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A short commentary on passwords

Password Shattered

by Seshadri_Sreenivasan

Many internet users frequently mishandle passwords, sharing them too liberally and via insecure methods. IT professionals cite password reuse, password weakness, leaking company data, social media hacking, and not changing default passwords as the biggest causes of potential security threats.
There was a recent article before the holiday break on the complexity of computer passwords. The top “worst” password was “123456.” Close behind in second place was “password.”. Slightly more complex was “123456789,” in third place in 2018, with the one-character shorter version, “12345678” just behind in fourth place. You get the gist.
Passwords are one of the critical problems in cyber security today. They are too easy to guess. They are too easy to break. All a hacker needs is your user ID  and he or she can be off to the races in a matter of minutes invading your employee email account. Likely he also will be able to raid many of your other online accounts (like shopping, online gaming and streaming video) because you thought your lame password was so tricky that it was worthy of reusing in your 10 other accounts.

Make them stronger than “123456.”  Reset your passwords. If that password makes sense to the human mind (if it’s semantically logical), then it’s not a very secure one.

Here is a hilarious joke about passwords making rounds in my social media circuit. Author unknown.


WINDOWS: Please enter your new password.
USER: cabbage
WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must be more than 8 characters.
USER: boiled cabbage
WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must contain 1 numerical character.
USER: 1 boiled cabbage
WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot have blank spaces.
USER: 50bloodyboiledcabbages
WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must contain at least one uppercase character.
USER: 50BLOODYboiledcabbages
WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot use more than one uppercase character consecutively.
USER: 50BloodyBoiledCabbagesYouStupidIdiotGiveMeAccessNow!
WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot contain punctuation.
USER : IWillHuntYouDown50BloodyBoiledCabbagesYouStupidIdiotGiveMeAccessNow
WINDOWS: Sorry, that password is already in use. 

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