Re. password protection, I think it is a weak form of DRM.
In other news, stocks for "When pigs fly" are at an all time low as customer trust wavers, and demand for freezing equipment hits an all time high as a certain not to be named power figure decides he's had it up to here with the heat. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to eat my hat.
In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.