You know when you go to the ATM or enter a PIN, you're told to cover up your hands so no one can look on. I wonder whether the same rule ought to apply for people on the bus who are on the phone. I've overheard passwords for what seem to be very important institutions, and I have enough non-AIX knowledge to know the root password (for Linux) or Administrator (Windows) is probably something precious.
For that matter, if IBM developerWorks - let's shorten it to ibmdw, had a root password that went something like 1bmdw123, I'd be a little worried. So why does ACME Corporation's support guy tell me - and everyone on the bus - that the root password is @cme123? Or if Fred Nurks' software runs NurksApp, would it be too much for all of their customers not to have a password such as nurk5@pp?
I have no idea if IBM developerWorks even has a root password, and I certainly hope there is no such software as NurksApp, or else my next post may be from a law court, but I think and hope that password policy has come along a little from the days when we can log in as root and have a pretty good wild guess at the password. Still, if I were a hacker, sitting and listening on the bus or train or metro is probably more helpful than doing a course on Cybercrime for Dummies.
I once heard of an Australian company with the password pajamas. (Incidentally, this was many years ago and many systems ago and so don't try to crack them). That was actually a pretty hard one to guess because in Australia, at least, we spell that word pyjamas (starting with py, not pa). The "Modern" US spelling comes from 1845:
1800, pai jamahs "loose trousers tied at the waist," worn by Muslims in India and adopted by Europeans there, especially for nightwear, from Hindi pajama, probably from Persian paejamah, literally "leg clothing," from pae "leg" (from PIE *ped- "foot," see foot (n.)) + jamah "clothing." Modern spelling (U.S.) is from 1845. British spelling tends toward pyjamas.
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