Passwords have been an integral part of keeping our personal and sensitive data away from those who would want to exploit it for decades. The computer password was first created in 1960 for MIT’s Compatible Time-Sharing System, or CTSS, where separate consoles were used to access a shared mainframe. Each console was shared by multiple users, each with their own set of files, making a login with a personal password necessary for each user. Just 2 years later, the first password theft occurred when Ph.D. candidate Alan Scheer needed more time on the CTSS but was limited to only 2 hours of usage per week. In order to gain access to others’ accounts, he printed the computer’s password file. But hackers in more recent times have used different ways to get into user’s accounts.
Learn more about how hackers are able to enter a user’s account and the future of passwords and account security here.