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Comic #1324

1 Mercutio: I'm trying to hack Loren's US government account. Can you engage her in conversation and subtly quiz her for likely passwords?
2 Mercutio: Often people use things like old pet names or their mother's maiden name.
2 Ophelia: Gotcha.
3 {scene change: by the office water cooler}
3 Loren: ... bringing the Ipsum family name to America, although my mother is actually half-Egyptian on her father's side.
4 Ophelia: Egyptian? Really? What's her maiden name?
4 Loren: Dolores Sit-Amet.

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In fact, Loren is a Martian. This will be revealed in strip #1500. Also, your girlfriend (or boyfriend) is cheating on you.

2016-03-15 Rerun commentary: Of course things like pet names and mother's maiden names are ridiculously insecure as verifiers of identity. Especially these days when so many website registrations ask you to enter them as answers to "security questions". Someone out there has a huge database of people's mother's maiden names and the names of their first pets, the streets where they grew up, and the names of their first school teachers.

In a world where information is power, this is no doubt leading to some sort of global voodoo mind control ritual.

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