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The Heartbleed Bug exposed a well-known secret: Passwords suck. But that’s really nothing new—just ask the Romans. Explaining the password’s past and future.

Mike Duncan lives in Madison, Wis. He used to write The History of Rome podcast. Now he writes the Revolutions podcast. Jason Novak is a cartoonist in Oakland, Calif. Backgrounds for the latest “Explainers” edition provided by Gertie Novak, age three. More by Mike Duncan & Jason Novak