Are You a Click Away From Getting Conned?

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Are You a Click Away From Getting Conned?

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza


our password must contain at least eight characters, and consist of alphabets, numbers, special characters, two mathematical symbols, an emoji, and must not be the same as any of your 18 previous passwords.

Complicated password rules and invites to play Candy Crush are the bane of the internet experience, but they are here to stay. Many have tried to circumvent these rules with standard extensions to passwords across their accounts. If I had five bucks for every time I saw a password containing @123, or @CurrentYear, I’d be able to retire rich.