And the Password is… [INVALID]
Posted by: Robert Melvin
Once upon a time, the word Password was the brand name of a popular television game show from the 1960’s. Two teams, each composed of a celebrity guest and a contestant, competed in a game to guess words from one-word clues. One member of each team was given the “password” and tried to get his partner to say the word using a one-word clue. If he or she could not, the opposing team received a chance to try. The point value started at ten and decreased by one until the word was guessed. The first team to score twenty five points won the game and played the “Lightning Round,” where one player tried to convey five words to their partner in one minute (at $50 per word). Watch a clip of the game show below.
During those years, Password had little meaning in everyday life and no one dreamed that the word would ever become such an important part of our daily life. The word is now ubiquitous and it could spoil your day if you forget it or even worse — if someone steals it.
Like many people, I pay all of my bills online. I was recently forced to change several of my passwords for newer and improved web security requirements. Like most people, I wanted my passwords to be as secure as possible. And that eventually created a problem for me because it’s not safe to use the same password for every web site. Long story short, I began forgetting my passwords and experienced several web lockouts.
My little friend stores more than 50 passwords to various web sites. You simply plug into a USB port. For security, he requires me to input a password to access the username/password information held within. Better yet, when I visit a web site, he automatically inputs my login information for me. And the Password is… [COOL]
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