The passwords that you use to open your e-mail account may provide a key to your personality. Helen Petrie, a professor at City University of London, analyzed the responses of 1,200 people who participated in a survey funded by CentralNic, an Internet domain-name company. She identifies three main password genres.
“Family-oriented” respondents numbered nearly half of those surveyed. These people use their own name or nickname, the name of a child, spouse, or pet, or a birth date as their password. They tend to be occasional computer users and have strong family ties. One third of respondents are “fans,” using the names of athletes, singers, movie stars, fictional characters, or sports teams. They are young and want to associate themselves with the lifestyle represented by a celebrity. The third main group is “cryptics” because they pick unintelligible passwords or a random string of letters, numerals, and symbols. They are the most security-conscious group and tend to make the safest, but least interesting, choices.
Passwords are revealing for two reasons. First, they are invented on the spot. Since you are focused on getting into a system, for example, your email account, you are likely to write down something that comes to mind quickly. Second, to remember your password, you might pick something that will stick in your mind. In this sense, you may unconsciously choose something of particular emotional significance.
【題組】41. If Susan Boyer belonged to the group of family-oriented respondents, what would her password probably be?
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