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The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy by Violet Blue

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10. I Hate Passwords

“I’m always having to be told to brush my hair.”

—LENA DUNHAM

Passwords suck. Think about it this way: a password is like a house key, except it’s a key that you have to make up yourself without even knowing how the lock works. Plus, you have to remember how to make your key every time you go home.

Because we basically have to invent a new house key every time we password protect an account, lots of us end up using the same key for everything—house, bank, car, school or work locker, hangout spot—which is something you’d never do in real life. Worse, it’s a key that any thief can copy using apps they can find on the Internet. So it’s no surprise that password cracking is the top way that criminals steal from us.

Unfortunately, ...

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