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 but thinks twenty times a day about heading back west. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” will appear in the anthology Burn It Down, forthcoming from Seal Press in fall 2019. She is Editor-in-Chief and owner of The Rumpus. Find her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →