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When apps collect data, no matter how much you work with passwords, you stay transparent. And you shouldn’t use some passwords anymore

Google is pretty sure of that. Passwords are an evil of the internet, at least that’s what Marc Risher, the company’s senior director for account security, thinks. You have to be a little more precise, agree. Mr. Risher’s main concern is that a lot of passwords are simply used everywhere and again and again. Apart from that, but he does not explicitly say that “Password1234” or “Ehefrau2020” are easy to guess. 13 percent of all users have only one for all logins.

“In the past we had nothing”, but it doesn’t apply here, but it is more convenient to just remember the nickname of your dog than to use the password checkup feature for Gmail accounts and to keep away from recycling.

It doesn’t matter anyway. Somehow. For example, if you use the Trump 2020 app to get wonderful things from the still president from his epochal election campaign and maybe book tickets for an evening event with the increasingly tie-free gentleman again. Unfortunately, the app is not at all committed to the ethics that the 45th POTUS likes to practice. Once logged in, you lose yourself to the men. For example in the form of the device ID and the Bluetooth pairing information, which should also make it possible to operate “geo-propaganda”. For example in the form of “Hey, where are you all, the President just went on stage in Tulsa and is a little lonely on stage”.

Or so. Everything, of course, quite harmless. Until the data crosses the small, fine line between the Trump campaign and Trump state and data from the app is used against its own citizens. A president who threatens violence against Twitter via Twitter (and therefore threats Twitter behind a digital wall) will of course not dream of using data against people at some point. Never in life. After all, his wife Melania is clearly committed to cyberbullying and will quickly raise her eyebrows at such ideas. It works really well.

But maybe I’m also wrongly worried. After all, in a world today just $ 1.9 billion is disappearing in the Philippines, entire databases also vanish into thin air and solve the problem gallantly in a different way. Therefore, it will not be a problem if you always use the same password, because maybe the websites you want to log in to will disappear soon.

I admit, at the moment I hope that Donald Trump will disappear as President on November 3rd and will only register in private email accounts. Maybe the app and so much more will then disappear from the world. You can be lucky, it’s not all wirecard these days.

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