For most of the 20th century, the only people who had to worry about passwords were security professionals and espionage agents. But these days, anyone who uses a computer must juggle dozens or even hundreds of passwords for various online accounts and activities. So what exactly happens to those passwords when you type them into your computer or phone?
In recent years, we've seen a grim parade of high-profile hacking incidents in which millions of passwords have been stolen or otherwise compromised. In today's DNews report, Trace Dominguez investigates how banks, retailers and other companies handle your password security. Surprisingly, salted hash plays a key role. No, really.
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