What’s the point of a password, if it’s published on the front cover of a magazine?
It seems a reasonable question, and I can’t blame GP Thinus van Rensburg asking it on Twitter when a copy of Diabetes Management felt into his lap.
The password grants users access to the “complete, searchable archive of all Health Publishing Australia medical journals.”
Okay, it’s probably not the most sensitive information in the world as it’s an archive of medical magazine articles. But you do have to wonder why they bothered to have a password at all if they’re going to make it so public?
And just to prove the point about the err… pointlessness of the archive having a password, just visit the website and try to visit the archive.
Do you see what I see?
Let’s zoom in it a bit more…
Still can’t quite read it? I’ll zoom in for the benefit of those of us in our forties…
Yup. The magazine’s online archive has (alongside its password form) a sample cover of Diabetes Management - complete with its ever-so-helpful reminder of what the right username and password is.