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30th Aug '16 10:07:13 PM wolftickets1969
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* And the system returns in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', where the Boston Public Library has 123456 as an employee ID number.

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* And the system returns in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', where the Boston Public Library has 123456 as an employee ID number.number, and the code to enter the Railroad HQ is simply "Railroad".
24th Aug '16 4:11:44 AM Doug86
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* On ''FetchWithRuffRuffman'', Ruff chooses this as his password to his security system. He actually has trouble remembering it.

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* On ''FetchWithRuffRuffman'', ''WesternAnimation/FetchWithRuffRuffman'', Ruff chooses this as his password to his security system. He actually has trouble remembering it.
8th Aug '16 11:16:41 PM jormis29
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* Averted in ''ShadowrunHongKong''. Matrix passwords obtained by hacking are always very secure strings of numbers, letters, and punctuation. Fortunately the game doesn't make you enter them manually.

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* Averted in ''ShadowrunHongKong''.''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong''. Matrix passwords obtained by hacking are always very secure strings of numbers, letters, and punctuation. Fortunately the game doesn't make you enter them manually.
8th Aug '16 12:00:09 PM Grug
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* Averted in ''ShadowrunHongKong''. Matrix passwords obtained by hacking are always very secure strings of numbers, letters, and punctuation. Fortunately the game doesn't make you enter them manually.
1st Aug '16 3:31:33 PM rjd1922
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** The backdoor password for NORAD's "War Operation Plan Response" program on the computer that controls the entire nuclear missile arsenal of the United States is "Joshua", the name of the programmer's dead son. The same name that the programmer has given the computer itself, in fact. Just before trying "Joshua", David says "''[[LampshadeHanging It can't be that simple]]!''" Way to go, Professor Falken. In the novelization of the film, Falken's backdoor was Joshua5, five being his son's age when he died. Not much better, but at least it had a number in it. In Falken's defense, he didn't fully know the system would be used for what it was. Or that a back door into the system would have been left open by accident that allowed David into the system.

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** The backdoor password for NORAD's "War Operation Plan Response" program on the computer that controls the entire nuclear missile arsenal of the United States is "Joshua", the name of the programmer's dead son. The same name that the programmer has given the computer itself, in fact. Just before trying "Joshua", David says "''[[LampshadeHanging It can't be that simple]]!''" Way to go, Professor Falken. In the novelization of the film, Falken's backdoor was Joshua5, [=Joshua5=], five being his son's age when he died. Not much better, but at least it had a number in it. In Falken's defense, he didn't fully know the system would be used for what it was. Or that a back door into the system would have been left open by accident that allowed David into the system.
30th Jul '16 11:58:34 AM nombretomado
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* The password to Senator Sedgewick Sexton's computer is only a little complex in DanBrown's book ''Literature/DeceptionPoint''; His initials are SSS (which he actually used as his ''previous'' password only to change it after he lost an expensive dinner to his assistant as a result of her betting she could guess it in 10 seconds), and constantly talks about wanting to be the POTUS (President of the United States). Put them both together and you get POTUSSS (which said assistant ''also'' manages to guess).

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* The password to Senator Sedgewick Sexton's computer is only a little complex in DanBrown's Creator/DanBrown's book ''Literature/DeceptionPoint''; His initials are SSS (which he actually used as his ''previous'' password only to change it after he lost an expensive dinner to his assistant as a result of her betting she could guess it in 10 seconds), and constantly talks about wanting to be the POTUS (President of the United States). Put them both together and you get POTUSSS (which said assistant ''also'' manages to guess).
29th Jul '16 4:12:19 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "How To Make A Killing Without Really Trying", the password of a murdered stockbroker was his licence plate number. His rival, who hacked his account, points out it didn't take a genius to figure it out.
27th Jul '16 7:41:11 PM elemt
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* ''WebVideo/CommodoreHustle'':
** In the first season this is inverted; things aren't secured because Paul's passwords are so strong that everyone leaves everything open to avoid having to use them.
--> '''Paul:''' Why do I even bother making randomly generated 256 character passwords with upper and lowercase Cyrillic and Navajo letters?
** Later on, before Paul upgrades their security (with potentially lethal results), their one password is "dickbutt". In addition to using a weak password for everything, they're not exactly careful about concealing this:
--> '''Alex:''' *''shouting across the street''* If you need to get in, the password for literally everything is dickbutt!
--> '''Beej:''' *''hands cupped around mouth''* Did you say dickbutt?
--> '''Alex:''' Yeah, dickbutt! Like on this enormous sign I made!
10th Jul '16 10:07:18 AM VampireBuddha
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* {{Lampshade| hanging}d in and episode of ''Westernanimation/{{The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest}}'' - when Jonny and Jessie are trapped in Cape Canaveral by Ezekiel Rage's henchmen, they need to hack the password to let the army in. After scrounging some parts and running a series of codebreakers, they find the password is 'Open Sesame'. Jonny is surprised NASA had such an obvious code.
29th Jun '16 9:17:15 PM RA2
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It seems that most characters in films and TV missed the memo on making a good SecretWord or pass phrase. They are almost invariably single words or names of significance to a character which can be easily deduced using a little detective work: the clue is often right there on the desk, in the form of a picture or memento. Or simply spelled out in bold lettering on your commemorative plaque or a wall poster. Another thing that's widely overlooked in fiction is the fact that a password in most cases has to be matched with a username.

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It seems that most characters in films and TV missed the memo on making a good SecretWord or pass phrase. They are almost invariably single words or names of significance to a character which can be easily deduced using a little detective work: the clue is often right there on the desk, in the form of a picture or memento. Or simply spelled out in bold lettering on your commemorative plaque or a wall poster. Another thing that's widely overlooked in fiction is the fact that a password in most cases has to be matched with a username.
username. Many websites and servers nowadays also require you to include mixed-case letters, number, and special characters in an effort to make your password less guessable. In addition, they lock you out after three tries. Both these measures can be ignored at will in fiction if it serves the plot.
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