Created By: iamyourgrandma on April 22, 2012
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The Password is PASSWORD

A ridiculously easy password is guessed after a few guesses.

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Maybe it's the name of their pet? A birthday? What about their favorite food? The place where they met their true love? Or even the defualt, PASSWORD.

You've seen it plenty of times. Someone's rushing to guess the password to something important. After a few tries, they cleverly figure out what it is based on what they know about the person who set it.

Most security experts recommend that modern passwords contain a combination of letters and numbers, uppercase and lowercase to deter hacking attempts. In the world of fiction, no one seems to take this advice.

Even if the rest of the hacking process involves some fancy computer work, the last step often involves this ridiculous step. Despite being the weakest point of security to surpass, it's often the most dramatic in part because it's something the audience can understand whereas the rest of the techie stuff is over their heads.

Examples
  • Can be found in almost every movie involving some "hacker" team member.
  • Can be subverted when the password is intentionally ridiculous.
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • April 22, 2012
    elwoz
    People don't take that advice in Real Life so much, either.
  • April 22, 2012
    Mauri
    Played somewhat straight with Breath Of Fire 3 with the Chrysm plants' secret lab when Momo the absentmindedprofessor says that knowing the director the initial password might as well be the Directors name. Curiously as you hunt the others ideas you find out that some aren't that straight or at least making you a mind teaser when you have to find the numerical one. Note that given that it is the dungeon that you cannot ditch her (it is stated that she is the only one that can operate computers). Anyone who is playing the answer for the last computer is 13254 if this troper isn't recalling wrong.
  • April 22, 2012
    nman
    This is The Password Is Always Swordfish. Now, you could argue that you think it's common enough to merit its own subtrope, but I don't know whether or not this would actually be considered a viable subtrope or just The Same But More Specific.
  • April 22, 2012
    EnragedFilia
    From the looks of things, any possible examples of this are already on The Password Is Always Swordfish.
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