In the 80s we didn't even bother with passwords, okay maybe by the late 80s. And every machine on the network had an IP that was directly on teh internets. As for this article, it's yet another example of how stupid people, even the intelligent, are when it comes to passwords. Who the fsck writes down a dizzying array of passwords? I know about 5 passwords off by heart at any given time, and use a password manager and an encrypted database to hold all of my passwords. Of course, without 2-factor auth those lists of passwords are seriously dangerous and that, dear humans, is where the danger lies. If anyone manages to crack my passowrd manager or my encrypted database, I'm fscked. Okay, let's hear what the folks have to say about this age old problem.