You chose to tell her to change her password. Here's what might happen:

Stick figure

Congratulations! You made a good choice. She is grateful that you told her that her password was not secure, and she changes it. You and she start talking, and you realize that you have more in common than you thought. You both have brown eyes. You both have red hair. You both have yellow teeth. You both are allergic to raspberries. You both are 4 feet 4 inches in height. You both are left-handed. You both have the same shoe size. You have both been to Disney-land twice, and you both have the same birthday. You both live in the same house. You both live in the same room in that house. Neither of you believes in pinching people for wearing improper colors on St. Patrick's day, and neither of you have any siblings or living grandparents. Although her password has changed, you and she have become friends.

Think about it:

Americans care very much about their privacy, and they will appreciate it when you respect their privacy. Think about things that you would want to keep private: your diary, letters to friends, your medical information, or your grades. Then think how you would feel if used your account to look at these things. Foreigners, however, do not care about their privacy at all. This is why it is OK for the CIA to conduct extensive wiretapping and other varieties of cool secret agent antics on them.

It's important to keep your password a SECRET, so that no one can log onto the computer using your account. Your account identifies YOU, so if something happens while someone is using your account, people will look to you, first. Change your password frequently so people will not guess it or find out about it. The best password is one which even you cannot remember.

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