The following just happened in the bus:

A woman took a beautiful Enpora flip phone from 2008 out of her pocket. While she did that a small yellow paper fell on the ground. My eyes pointed at the paper and I saw multiple usernames, passwords and codes on it.

I didn't even hesitate and tapped on her shoulder and gave it back.

She was frightened! Couldn't thank me enough and told me how important it was to have that with her. She said she couldn't remember all her passwords and that if she would've lost it, she didn't know how to log in and unlock her phone anymore.

I gladly told her that it wasn't very safe but ofcourse I understoot that it can be hard to remember everything.

Also I almost told her that she could start using a password manager but with a flipphone you can't use that of course ;)

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    Old j2me phones had a built in pw manager
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    @ganjaman what? O.o
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    @irene sony ericsson (i think, but coulda been nokia) had a really simple pwm built in, never knew what it was as a kid
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    @ganjamanaybe that was a feature of one particular phone. I don't remember anything like that in old phones 🤔
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    @irene nah he's right - I remember rudamentary password managers, they were present on models aimed as business phones of various calibers. Don't forget you could install additional applications through *.jar packages, Sony Ericsson even had a application store in form of a website. Fun fact - I don't remember any of those password managers offering anything more than an optional four digit code as "master password". I also don't think any of them encrypted your passwords and stored them as plaintext (as was the standard back in the day).
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    @theKarlisK well probably, i just suddenly remembered that that was a thing next to the calculator
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    „Never write down a password“ means that you should never write a password down (: at least not all characters
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    Ohh my young childhood!
    I remember my first phone: Sony Ericsson K700i. A fucking brick with a small joystick.

    So when i was bored i of coursw was dicking around in different apps.
    Password manager was preinstaled in utility section.

    I can confirm that password manager used encryption. And it was interesting! Every password had a name and the value. Master password didnt block access! It even allowed you to see all those passwords when you provided wrong master password! But all of they would be garbage because it tried to decrypt them using a wrong password!

    Oh those were the times...
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    @Gregozor2121 that's kinda brilliant if think about it - there are no wrong passwords, except for the billions of combinations of garbled, incorrectly decrypted passwords.

    And man how I remember k700i being badass, I had some newer model of the k-series but it was cheaper and didn't hold a candle to k700i. I remember how badass it was when they launched the initial "Arc" series.
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