Jeremy L. Rasmussen, Sypris Electronics
The ancient folk tale of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” mentions the use of a password. In this story, Ali Baba finds that the phrase “open sesame” magically opens the entrance to a cave where the thieves have hidden their treasure. Similarly, modern computer systems use passwords to authenticate users and allow them entrance to system resources and data shares on an automated basis. The use of passwords in computer systems can be traced to the earliest time sharing and dial-up networks. There is no evidence that passwords were used before this in purely batch systems.
The security ...