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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.
26th Jun '16 4:27:18 PM Ebrbfureh
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A related trope in fiction is to [[HighlyVisiblePassword have the password entry plain and clear]] - on the screen - for all to see. No sense in bleeping out the characters with asterisks or a mute prompt. Of course, scriptwriting-wise, a particularly amusing password can elicit a humorous response from the audience this way without dialogue exposition.

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A related trope in fiction is to [[HighlyVisiblePassword have the password entry plain and clear]] - on clear]]--on the screen - for screen--for all to see. No sense in bleeping out the characters with asterisks or a mute prompt. Of course, scriptwriting-wise, a particularly amusing password can elicit a humorous response from the audience this way without dialogue exposition.



* Similar to the aforementioned ''Tenchi'' example: In one episode of ''Anime/LupinIII'', Lupin and Jigen break into NASA using a series of stolen voice-command passwords. When they encounter one more password than they expected, the pair panics and Lupin swears in frustration - which turns out to be the final password. (Extra note: In the [[strike:GagDub]] English dub, all the passwords are ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{Catch Phrase}}s.)
* The password that Barnette uses to protect the systems of the Nirvana in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' is ridiculously simple, yet it proves to be a big hurdle for the Mejale forces - and to the heroes, who try to get away with the ship.

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* Similar to the aforementioned ''Tenchi'' example: In one episode of ''Anime/LupinIII'', Lupin and Jigen break into NASA using a series of stolen voice-command passwords. When they encounter one more password than they expected, the pair panics and Lupin swears in frustration - which frustration--which turns out to be the final password. (Extra note: In the [[strike:GagDub]] English dub, all the passwords are ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{Catch Phrase}}s.)
* The password that Barnette uses to protect the systems of the Nirvana in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' is ridiculously simple, yet it proves to be a big hurdle for the Mejale forces - and forces--and to the heroes, who try to get away with the ship.



* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' successfully hacked into Pegasus J. Crawford's system because he accurately guessed that Pegasus was so vain as to believe no one would get that far. Password? [[spoiler:Pegasus.]] Interestingly, the password in the Japanese version is a tidy bit harder - since, according to Kaiba's logic, the Duelist Kingdom is a metaphorical prison island from which none can exit, the password is a reference to that - "Alcatraz".

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* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' successfully hacked into Pegasus J. Crawford's system because he accurately guessed that Pegasus was so vain as to believe no one would get that far. Password? [[spoiler:Pegasus.]] Interestingly, the password in the Japanese version is a tidy tiny bit harder - since, harder--since, according to Kaiba's logic, the Duelist Kingdom is a metaphorical prison island from which none can exit, the password is a reference to that - "Alcatraz".that--"Alcatraz".



* In ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', guess the challenge and response chosen by the kids guarding Princess Kushana? "Valley" - "Wind".

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* In ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', guess the challenge and response chosen by the kids guarding Princess Kushana? "Valley" - "Wind"."Valley"--"Wind".



* Used in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', by Gina Diggers. User: Password, Pass: User. Even Gina couldn't figure it out, since she couldn't remember WHAT stupid thing she did! Gina Diggers continued the poor passwords with her personal laptop's password "Studpants", which for Gina is no surprise at all - and caused trouble when one of her sister Brianna's [=AIs=] did get access to it. To make matters worse for Gina's precious computer security, [[spoiler: two other characters share much of her memories (sorta three, but it's hard to imagine a password that would keep out a time traveling future self)]] and would have an extra-easy time guessing.

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* Used in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', by Gina Diggers. User: Password, Pass: User. Even Gina couldn't figure it out, since she couldn't remember WHAT stupid thing she did! Gina Diggers continued the poor passwords with her personal laptop's password "Studpants", which for Gina is no surprise at all - and all--and caused trouble when one of her sister Brianna's [=AIs=] did get access to it. To make matters worse for Gina's precious computer security, [[spoiler: two other characters share much of her memories (sorta three, but it's hard to imagine a password that would keep out a time traveling future self)]] and would have an extra-easy time guessing.



* In ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', the password to access the HX 368 computer is "IY 479" - in other words, "HX 368" with each characters shifted up by one. After it's cracked, they add another level of security to the system...which turns out to be nothing more than reversing the code. With predictable results.

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* In ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', the password to access the HX 368 computer is "IY 479" - in 479"--in other words, "HX 368" with each characters shifted up by one. After it's cracked, they add another level of security to the system...which turns out to be nothing more than reversing the code. With predictable results.



* ''Film/JumpinJackFlash''. The key is in the song ''Jumping Jack Flash''. Terry racks her brains at which of the lyrics is the password, til she realizes that the key is the ''key'' - that is, the ''musical'' key of the song. Later, when under truth serum, when asked what the password is, she burbles, "The key is the key!", confusing the antagonists.

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* ''Film/JumpinJackFlash''. The key is in the song ''Jumping Jack Flash''. Terry racks her brains at which of the lyrics is the password, til she realizes that the key is the ''key'' - that ''key''--that is, the ''musical'' key of the song. Later, when under truth serum, when asked what the password is, she burbles, "The key is the key!", confusing the antagonists.



** This is besides how you can actually make good passwords in reality - passwords that are easy to remember for humans and realistically impossible to crack for computers. Unfortunately, most password protections do not allow such really long passwords. Instead humans are forced to remember ridiculous capitalization and numbers in their passwords, things that computers are good at, but which are hard to remember for humans.

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** This is besides how you can actually make good passwords in reality - passwords reality--passwords that are easy to remember for humans and realistically impossible to crack for computers. Unfortunately, most password protections do not allow such really long passwords. Instead humans are forced to remember ridiculous capitalization and numbers in their passwords, things that computers are good at, but which are hard to remember for humans.



** A door has an inscription above it, which Gandalf interprets as "Speak, friend, and enter." After trying a few things, he (or, in the movie, Frodo) realized that he assumed the wrong punctuation - the inscription actually read "Say 'friend' and enter." The password was "mellon", the Elvish word for "friend". Justified, it isn't actually a password, merely a test if the reader knew elvish. The gate was specifically built to trade only with elves in the first place, who could be considered friends by default; the word was more like a trigger to open the door than an actual password.

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** A door has an inscription above it, which Gandalf interprets as "Speak, friend, and enter." After trying a few things, he (or, in the movie, Frodo) realized that he assumed the wrong punctuation - the punctuation--the inscription actually read "Say 'friend' and enter." The password was "mellon", the Elvish word for "friend". Justified, it isn't actually a password, merely a test if the reader knew elvish. The gate was specifically built to trade only with elves in the first place, who could be considered friends by default; the word was more like a trigger to open the door than an actual password.



** On a related note, [[spoiler: some episodes later, the tribe is at the lab they think might help them figure out the antidote - Jack and Dal try to get ''anything'' to happen with the computer system, but nothing does until Jack, again accidentally, discovers that the system is voice activated]].

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** On a related note, [[spoiler: some episodes later, the tribe is at the lab they think might help them figure out the antidote - Jack antidote--Jack and Dal try to get ''anything'' to happen with the computer system, but nothing does until Jack, again accidentally, discovers that the system is voice activated]].



** A ShoutOut to ''[=WarGames=]'', and will always have ''Joshua'' as the password and zero security. It's also the only password in the game that can't be cracked by the Password Breaker program - you need to get the reference.

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** A ShoutOut to ''[=WarGames=]'', and will always have ''Joshua'' as the password and zero security. It's also the only password in the game that can't be cracked by the Password Breaker program - you program--you need to get the reference.



* At one point in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', villainous Booster speaks a password to open a door. In an interesting variation, the password is whatever you, as the player, named your save file. Also, on the [[BigBoosHaunt Sunken]] [[DownTheDrain Ship]], there's the locked door leading to the King Kalimari fight - in this case, the password is always 'pearls'.

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* At one point in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', villainous Booster speaks a password to open a door. In an interesting variation, the password is whatever you, as the player, named your save file. Also, on the [[BigBoosHaunt Sunken]] [[DownTheDrain Ship]], there's the locked door leading to the King Kalimari fight - in fight--in this case, the password is always 'pearls'.



* Discussed, exploited, and [[spoiler: played straight]] in VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}: When Kyouko finds a password lock, the first thing she does is try every piece of data on the person who set it she could find. [[spoiler: It turns out to be the name of his daughter - Kyouko - but since she hated the man and thought he abandoned her, she never even considered the possibility.]]
* Alex Mason's password on the computer terminal in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is "password". There's also an email from Hudson, telling Mason to change the password or he'll change it for him. None of the others are much better, either - UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's is "lancer" (his Secret Service code name), the [[TheGhost unseen]] Dr. Adrienne Smith and UsefulNotes/RichardNixon use the names of their pets, etc. - to the point that once you know a password other than Mason's it's relatively easy to figure out the passwords for ''every'' character who has an account on the terminal just by reading emails.

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* Discussed, exploited, and [[spoiler: played straight]] in VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}: When Kyouko finds a password lock, the first thing she does is try every piece of data on the person who set it she could find. [[spoiler: It turns out to be the name of his daughter - Kyouko - but daughter--Kyouko--but since she hated the man and thought he abandoned her, she never even considered the possibility.]]
* Alex Mason's password on the computer terminal in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is "password". There's also an email from Hudson, telling Mason to change the password or he'll change it for him. None of the others are much better, either - UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's either--UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's is "lancer" (his Secret Service code name), the [[TheGhost unseen]] Dr. Adrienne Smith and UsefulNotes/RichardNixon use the names of their pets, etc. - to --to the point that once you know a password other than Mason's it's relatively easy to figure out the passwords for ''every'' character who has an account on the terminal just by reading emails.



* In an episode (''Uneasy Allies'') of ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' we learn from Empress Sela that every imperial Romulan computer has an override - Username ''Sela'', password ''Empress One''. Granted, there may be some kind of recognition software involved as well, but it is never stated.

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* In an episode (''Uneasy Allies'') of ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' we learn from Empress Sela that every imperial Romulan computer has an override - Username override--Username ''Sela'', password ''Empress One''. Granted, there may be some kind of recognition software involved as well, but it is never stated.



* [[http://www.starblazers.com/html.php?page_id=382 Tim Eldred's second]] ''[[Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato StarBlazers]]'' webcomic lampshaded it nicely: Desslok, Evil Emperor, sneaks his passwords to his trusted lieutenant, Talan, who snarks that the ones generated by a computer are good - but all the ones Desslok chose himself are variations on the name "Starsha", Desslok's dead girlfriend. "Why am I not surprised..."

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* [[http://www.starblazers.com/html.php?page_id=382 Tim Eldred's second]] ''[[Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato StarBlazers]]'' webcomic lampshaded it nicely: Desslok, Evil Emperor, sneaks his passwords to his trusted lieutenant, Talan, who snarks that the ones generated by a computer are good - but ---ut all the ones Desslok chose himself are variations on the name "Starsha", Desslok's dead girlfriend. "Why am I not surprised..."



* Following a German hacker in 1986, Clifford Stoll, author of ''The Cuckoo's Egg'', discovered that many of the default passwords for the VMS operating system made for DEC's PDP and VAX computers hadn't been changed - even in military installations and computer companies producing ostensibly secure computing systems.

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* Following a German hacker in 1986, Clifford Stoll, author of ''The Cuckoo's Egg'', discovered that many of the default passwords for the VMS operating system made for DEC's PDP and VAX computers hadn't been changed - even changed--even in military installations and computer companies producing ostensibly secure computing systems.



* The theft of 6.5 million password hashes from [=LinkedIn=] in 2012 resulted in a [[https://lastpass.com/linkedin/ password checking tool from LastPass]] which lets you check to see if your password was one of those compromised - 'swordfish' is in the list, along with password, 123456, 12354567 and 12345678 (12345 isn't because of the minimum 6 character requirement). I'm sure if you can be bothered, any other easy password on this page is probably in there.

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* The theft of 6.5 million password hashes from [=LinkedIn=] in 2012 resulted in a [[https://lastpass.com/linkedin/ password checking tool from LastPass]] which lets you check to see if your password was one of those compromised - 'swordfish' compromised--'swordfish' is in the list, along with password, 123456, 12354567 and 12345678 (12345 isn't because of the minimum 6 character requirement). I'm sure if you can be bothered, any other easy password on this page is probably in there.
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