Posted tagged ‘E-mail passwords’

Three chances to crack the password

November 22, 2015

Doormen in the Speakeasies of the prohibition era refused entry to thirsty patrons if they didn’t know the password. Now, I wasn’t around in that bygone age but I would Eden Hazard a guess that the passy was a speak easy word to say. something like -De Beers or Slurpity Slurp.

Scottish speakeasies were easily entered with a simple “Jimmy sent me”. Others opened a welcoming door by knocking three times on the door. The Beethoven speakeasy used three knocks then a louder one.

Imagine if illegal gin joints were in use today. We’d all be drier than an Arab’s sandal. Only a gifted few would be able to recite the dazzling code word. This is because sophisticated and complicated passwords are necessary to stop hackers accessing our e-mails and online details. Use capitals, numbers and symbols we are told to create a strong password. It’s just that they’re so hard to remember.

And it’s not just passwords I’ve forgotten. I’ve disremembered  some of my own e-mail addresses. And I’m not the only one. We all use multiple e-mails and, invariably, lose a few along the way. They’re out there floating in cyberspace. Probably, stuffed at the mailbox.

To help with remembering and to make the password reasonably difficult for hackers to copy, I usually go down the basketball route by using scores from NBA games.






Going back to prohibition, Al Capone and his mob were a bit lax and would have been easily easily hacked by a half-decent encryptor. No wonder everyone was blind drunk and off the wagon in those days. They would all have been dancing on the ceiling and knocking on the pipes.