A non-technical history of password storage

Not a very good password storage system
Not a very good password storage system

When you log in (“authenticate”) yourself to somewhere using a password, that password has to be stored, in some form, on the other side. Usually this is in a server: whether it’s Facebook, Snapchat, Yahoo, or shop-rare-trinkets.com, the server have to have a saved copy of that password. Otherwise, there would be no way to check whether the password was correct!

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