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9th Jun '18 7:39:30 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* If the only thing guarding an online account from a password reset is a question-and-answer "security" prompt, the answer effectively becomes a weak password, particularly if the question is something with a relatively easy-to-mine answer such as "What college did you graduate from?" (college graduates often put the college they graduated from in their resumes, which they may then post online for job-searching purposes) or "What's your mother's maiden name?" (which for many is also ''their own middle name''). And as salt in the wound, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption you often can't make up your own security questions]]. Savvy users will subvert these prompts by coming up with an "answer" that's as difficult to crack as their own password, effectively making it a secondary password.

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* If the only thing guarding an online account from a password reset is a question-and-answer "security" prompt, the answer effectively becomes a weak password, particularly if the question is something with a relatively easy-to-mine answer such as "What college did you graduate from?" (college graduates often put the college they graduated from in their resumes, which they may resumes that are then post online for job-searching purposes) posted to job search sites, or put the college in question on their Facebook profiles) or "What's your mother's maiden name?" (which for many is also ''their own middle name''). And as salt in the wound, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption you often can't make up your own security questions]]. Savvy users will subvert these prompts by coming up with an "answer" that's as difficult to crack as their own password, effectively making it a secondary password.
8th Jun '18 12:51:44 PM H2SO4
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** In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', the password to Inga's safe in his study is his daughter's birthday. [[spoiler:Inside are [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes several mementos relating to his daughter as well as his plans to assassinate his own wife in a coup d'etat.]]]]

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** In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', the password to Inga's safe in his study is his daughter's birthday.birthday, which is not helped by the fact that it falls on ''Christmas Eve''. [[spoiler:Inside are [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes several mementos relating to his daughter as well as his plans to assassinate his own wife in a coup d'etat.]]]]
6th Jun '18 7:53:30 PM AuraXtreme
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** The password to the DTD dataspace in Ansem's computer is comprised of the names of the 7 Princesses of Heart, who are necessary to get to the real DTD (Door to Darkness). The MCP even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this when he finds out what it is, stating that it was a simple password. When Tron changes it to lock the MCP out, he makes it "Sora, Donald, and Goofy" after his newfound friendship with them.
** In the same world, the access to the Chamber of Repose appears to be the names of the six people who made it - [[spoiler:namely, the Somebodies of the first six members of Organization XIII]] - although this one also requires a disc to even access it, so it's slightly justified.

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** The password to the DTD dataspace in Ansem's computer is comprised of the names of the 7 Princesses of Heart, who are necessary to get to the real DTD (Door to Darkness). The MCP even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this when he finds out what it is, stating that it was a simple password. When Tron changes it to lock the MCP out, he makes it "Sora, Donald, and Goofy" after his newfound friendship with them.
*** This is actually a '''violent''' subversion on closer analysis. Seven Princesses of Heart equates to '''''5040''''' different combinations, and the screen in the cutscene indicates it's a single password unlike the Chamber of Repose below. Although the origins of the namespace make it slightly less of a guessing game than brute-forcing a 47-character password, Sora, Donald, and Goofy getting it right on the first try stretches the bounds of AcceptableBreaksFromReality.
** In the same world, the access to the Chamber of Repose appears to be the names of the six people who made it - [[spoiler:namely, the Somebodies of the first six members of Organization XIII]] - XIII]]. This one doesn't even have the justification of the DTD, as the cutscene shows six different inputs for passwords (although if the order is relevant, there's still 720 different orders), although this one also requires a disc to even access it, so it's slightly justified.
2nd Jun '18 8:49:34 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* If the only thing guarding an online account from a password reset is a question-and-answer "security" prompt, the answer effectively becomes a weak password, particularly if the question is something with a relatively easy-to-mine answer such as "What college did you graduate from?" (college graduates often put the college they graduated from in their resumes, which they may then post online for job-searching purposes) or "What's your mother's maiden name?" (which for many is also ''their own middle name''). And as salt in the wound, you often can't make up your own security questions. Savvy users will subvert these prompts by coming up with an "answer" that's as difficult to crack as their own password, effectively making it a secondary password.

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* If the only thing guarding an online account from a password reset is a question-and-answer "security" prompt, the answer effectively becomes a weak password, particularly if the question is something with a relatively easy-to-mine answer such as "What college did you graduate from?" (college graduates often put the college they graduated from in their resumes, which they may then post online for job-searching purposes) or "What's your mother's maiden name?" (which for many is also ''their own middle name''). And as salt in the wound, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption you often can't make up your own security questions.questions]]. Savvy users will subvert these prompts by coming up with an "answer" that's as difficult to crack as their own password, effectively making it a secondary password.
2nd Jun '18 8:48:46 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* If the only thing guarding an online account from a password reset is a question-and-answer "security" prompt, the answer effectively becomes a weak password, particularly if the question is something with a relatively easy-to-mine answer such as "What college did you graduate from?" or "What's your mother's maiden name?" (which for many is also ''their own middle name''). And as salt in the wound, you often can't make up your own security questions. Savvy users will subvert these prompts by coming up with an "answer" that's as difficult to crack as their own password, effectively making it a secondary password.

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* If the only thing guarding an online account from a password reset is a question-and-answer "security" prompt, the answer effectively becomes a weak password, particularly if the question is something with a relatively easy-to-mine answer such as "What college did you graduate from?" (college graduates often put the college they graduated from in their resumes, which they may then post online for job-searching purposes) or "What's your mother's maiden name?" (which for many is also ''their own middle name''). And as salt in the wound, you often can't make up your own security questions. Savvy users will subvert these prompts by coming up with an "answer" that's as difficult to crack as their own password, effectively making it a secondary password.
2nd Jun '18 8:46:27 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* If the only thing guarding an online account from a password reset is a question-and-answer "security" prompt, the answer effectively becomes a weak password, particularly if the question is something with a relatively easy-to-mine answer such as "What college did you graduate from?" or "What's your mother's maiden name?" (which for many is also ''their own middle name''). And as salt in the wound, you often can't make up your own security questions. Savvy users will subvert these prompts by coming up with an "answer" that's as difficult to crack as their own password, effectively making it a secondary password.
11th May '18 6:40:33 AM Arcorann
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** Also in ''The Opal Deception'', when Artemis's password for an encrypted disc is the family motto, ''Aurum est potestas''. However, here he ''wanted'' Butler to guess the password.

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** Also in ''The Opal Deception'', when Artemis's password for an encrypted disc is the family motto, ''Aurum est potestas''.potestas est''. However, here he ''wanted'' Butler to guess the password.
10th May '18 4:31:55 PM JoeMerl
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* In the ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' revival, Roseanne is trying to figure out the wi-fi password of their neighbors, whom she believes are actually terrorists. Her first guess is "DeathToAmerica;" when that fails, she suggests "DeathToAmerica123."

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* In the ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' revival, Roseanne is trying to figure out the wi-fi password of their neighbors, whom she believes are actually terrorists. Her first guess is "DeathToAmerica;" "[=DeathToAmerica=];" when that fails, she suggests "DeathToAmerica123."[=DeathToAmerica123=]."



** It turns out that it was "GoCubs." They're baseball fans.

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** It turns out that it was "GoCubs."[[TitleDrop GoCubs]]." They're baseball fans.
10th May '18 4:31:01 PM JoeMerl
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** The Slytherin password at one point in ''Chamber of Secrets'' is "pure blood". Note that the Slytherins are infamous for FantasticRacism and obsess over the stuff.

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** The Slytherin password at one point in ''Chamber of Secrets'' is "pure blood"."Pureblood". Note that the Slytherins are infamous for FantasticRacism and obsess over the stuff.


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* In the ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' revival, Roseanne is trying to figure out the wi-fi password of their neighbors, whom she believes are actually terrorists. Her first guess is "DeathToAmerica;" when that fails, she suggests "DeathToAmerica123."
-->'''Darlene:''' Okay, we're in.
-->'''Roseanne:''' Really?
-->'''Darlene:''' ''[[SubvertedTrope No]]!''
** It turns out that it was "GoCubs." They're baseball fans.
10th May '18 4:22:01 PM JoeMerl
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* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' where [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] was never able to break in to [[spoiler:[=McGucket=]]'s old laptop. However, both WordOfGod and ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'' confirm that it was something pretty obvious to someone who knew him: the name of his best friend and research partner, [[spoiler:[[ScienceHero Stanford]]]].

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* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' where [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] was never able to break in to [[spoiler:[=McGucket=]]'s [[spoiler:[=McGucket=]]]'s old laptop. However, both WordOfGod and ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'' confirm that it was something pretty obvious to someone who knew him: the name of his best friend and research partner, [[spoiler:[[ScienceHero Stanford]]]].
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