Privacy, Soldier

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By Adam Turteltaub

So, I had a funny idea after seeing a World War II movie where the soldiers were given a password to use.

Imagine how it would play out today.

SETTING

Dark forest at night. A group of 12 special ops soldiers, wearing full field kit are gathering to be briefed on their mission.

Officer
Tonight’s mission is to infiltrate the enemy lines under complete darkness and electronic blackout conditions. You will be connecting with a second unit coming in from the east. When you get to the meeting point use the password “flash”.

Soldier 1
That’s not a very secure password, sir.

Officer
What do you mean?

Soldier 1
A password should have at least eight characters.

Officer
Okay, how about flashing?

Soldier 2
What letter is capitalized?

Officer
Pardon?

Soldier 2
You should always have at least one capital letter.

Officer
Okay, the “f”

Soldier 3
That’s kind of obvious, sir, isn’t it?

Officer
Okay, then the H, how’s that?

Soldier 1
What special character will we use?

Officer
Wait, what?

Soldier 1
There should be a special character.

Soldier 2
Yeah, like !, @, # or $

Officer
Okay how about %?

Soldier 1
That works.

Soldier 4
Will there be a number too? You should always have a number.

Officer
Fine, the password is flasHing%3. Write it down!

Soldier 1
You shouldn’t write down your passwords, sir.

AND WE FADE TO BLACK