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A Reminder to Create Secure Passwords: For 20 Years the Nuke Launch Code Was 00000000

There are generally two rules for maintaining a secure password: 1) Change it frequently 2) Use a hard-to-guess combination of letters, numbers and characters. Considering that fact, let’s add, “We never went to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union” to our list of things to be thankful for. The team at TodayIFoundOut.com have posted this story about how for two decades during the Cold War, the passcode to launch nukes out of every silo in the United States was eight zeros. “The Strategic Air Command went out of their way to make launching a nuclear missile as easy, and quick, as possible.” That meant making the password extremely easy to remember. There’s also a high likelihood that there was a hastily written sticky note on the president’s computer monitor that read “PW: 00000000” …

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