Passwords, Past and Present

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Has Heartbleed got you stressed over your online security? Take comfort knowing that humans have been searching for the elusive perfect password for centuries—over at The Morning News, Mike Duncan and Rumpus illustrator Jason Novak take a look at passwords throughout history.


Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in April 2022. She is senior acquiring editor for trade at Northwestern University Press, and editor-at-large for The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →