Everybody has stored user data in plain text at some point. Encryption is a pain. Especially when the encryption level you’re using goes out of vogue, so you have to go bigger but in the case of upgrades you still have to read the old stuff and slowly replace it. Ugh. We all know it’s wrong, but it’s fast and easy.
In UNIX, /etc/passwd, was it? Maybe /etc/pwd? encrypts automatically.
(Sorry, I haven’t used UNIX in over 10 years...but I did use it quite a bit during the 1990’s and into the 2000’s).
My project is being delayed in order to absolutely encrypt and un-encrypt one field. Nothing moves forward til we get resources to assist us. That is insane to store it in simple text.
Especially when you mistype a password when encrypting something. Been there, done that. Lost access, arghh!