What is a Password?
During authentication, the password (or "passphrase"/"passcode") is the object used to verify the identity of a claimed party. Passwords are commonly alphanumeric character combinations like "I'mGl@dIT's_FRIdayy2daye!". Recently, cyber criminals have been seeing rapidly growing success by exploiting people that use weak passwords that can be easily guessed. Secret handshakes, signs, spoken phrases, physical gestures, sounds and more have also been used as passwords.
Guessing passwords is now easier (and more profitable) for cyber criminals than picking locks. This is because locks require users to simply carry a key, whereas passwords require memorization and typing. Users will have a tendency to issue themselves simpler, easily memorized, and quickly typed passwords - which means they are also much more susceptible to criminals simply guessing the easy passwords or breaking them through brute-force. Users must choose secure but memorable passwords, but inherently, memorable makes secure more difficult.
Modern digital passwords were invented in the 20th century, but society has been using passwords for thousands of years. The Roman military, for example, used watchwords to identify friendly soldiers.
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