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Passwords are the typical means of protecting personal data on electronic media. They are used to prevent identity theft, fraud, and other forms of electronic crimes. Passwords involve a series of alpha numeric characters as well as special characters and are rated from weak to strong. The more complicated the series of letters, numbers, and symbols, as well as the longer the password is, the stronger it is considered to be. This entry examines the introduction of passwords and related ethical concerns about their use.

Introduction of Passwords

Passwords started to be used when electronic and online interactions became commonplace in the 1990s. To access an individual account with sensitive personal, financial, or other information, websites would require a password. During the initial introduction of electronic interactions ...

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