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So here’s a story about passwords. And before you grab your popcorn, this isn’t some fancy #infosec thing.
Might end up becoming a thread, depends how coherent my thoughts will be on the topic.
Anyway, it’s the 90s. Computers are these magical beasts as far as I am concerned.
Anyway, I digress, it’s the 90s, and we have a Commodore 64 in our house. It runs DOS 3.2, has no tape drives, two 5.25” floppy drives and no hard drives.
And we have these family friends who have a more advanced computer. It still runs on DOS though. They’re the folk who always introduce me to new games and such like, and one day, they introduce me to a new type of software: the anti virus!
And to keep up the air of mystery or to help increase awareness of security, or for some weird ass pointless reason, this has a password on it.
And I had never seen one of those before. So they’re like, look, it has a password. And I see the following appear on the screen: ********
And I’m like: cool, 7 asterisks! Gotcha!