OK, the title is a bit of an exaggeration, but I just spent over two hours without an Internet connection and some idiot rear-ended my car, so please bear with me.
Before working on my PhD dissertation, I was under the impression that real-time meant real fast. In my mind, the term real-time was associated with programs that dealt with real world phenomena and therefore had to respond quickly to their inputs in order to be of any use.
Most of us use our email accounts without second thoughts about security. We choose a password that, we think, is secure and then forget about it entirely. Human beings have a habit of taking things for granted, and most of us assume that our account is safe and secure and will never be compromised.