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I would like to think it is not because of my age that passwords are wrecking havoc with my brain lately. It was fine in the beginning when only a few were needed. It would be the same unguessable but simple word, adding a sequential number if it had to be updated. All of sudden, a password is needed to access anything! Want to order a pizza? Want to shop online? Want to play a game? Want to check your spam e-mail? Want to get a haircut? Passwords needed.

When searching on-line, (using a password, of course,) I learned that the use of passwords is ancient. Knights would knock on the doors of castles and whisper the password of the day in order to save the damsel in distress. During prohibition, alcohol seekers would knock on a back room door in order to enter the forbidden world of drinking alcohol. Today we use a written form of the password in order to enter the secret lairs of the programs on our computer. They are used to authenticate that we are who we are.

These days, I don’t know if I am who I am. In addition to an explosion of additional sites needed one, the passwords have become increasingly complex. Some require a “special character”. Santa Claus? The Tooth Fairy? My Aunt Margaret who is very eccentric? Just WHAT type of special character are they talking about? They all require a distinct arrangement of numbers and letters, some capitalized, some not. The problem is that each site is different. I have several variations of my password, each one to fulfill different requirements. However, trying each variation gets me locked out for too many tries. Then I am stuck answering my “security questions”, another disaster in the making. I inevitably get the questions I don’t remember. “What is the name of your first pet?” I am 60 years old, I can’t remember back that far. “What is the name of your best friend?” The answer to that depends on when I answered the question…best friend 20 years ago? 10 years ago? Yesterday? “What was your first grade teacher’s name?” AGAIN, 55 years ago, DUH! So there I am, trying desperately to order something, or access something, or play something and I am locked out for too many tries and not knowing the answers to my security questions.

A statement on the web from lifehacker.com fits me perfectly: the best password is one you can’t remember, so write it down. My problem is, I can’t remember where I wrote it down!

 

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Comments on: "Password here, password there, passwords, passwords everywhere" (12)

  1. This is priceless. ❤️ i could have written it myself!! The passwords truly are out of control!!

  2. Good grief! I know exactly what you mean. I started out with one password for everything, then all of a sudden I had to add numbers, then characters, then capitals. I DID start writing them down. Now I have four pages of passwords and updates of passwords! I did start answering security questions I knew I wouldn’t forget…maiden names, middle names, first concert (I mean it was the very first, how could I forget that?). And, with all this computers are still being hacked on a regular basis. I almost long for the days when I just send a postcard in the mail. Nah!

  3. Passwords drive me crazy! I finally got an old-fashioned Rolodex for addresses. I alphabetize all my accounts and write the ID and passwords for each one on a separate Rolodex card. It sits on my desk, so I can’t lose it!

  4. hahahaha sounds a bit like me. lol.

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  5. A Rolodex…what a perfect solution. My passwords are in a book and I keep having to scribble changes. I’m buying a Rolodex tomorrow.

  6. It’s so true! I write them down but find when I go to look it up I’ve already changed it once or twice and I get locked out anyways! 😉

  7. The Aunt Margaret part had me laughing!
    If you want practical advice, look into LastPass. One password to remember & it stores your other passwords for you!

  8. There are a lot of great password keeper apps out there. You can remember one password to open it and then it has all your passwords in it. If you get one that has versions for your computer and your phone, then you always have all your passwords. A good one will even suggest new passwords for you, so you don’t have to go to the trouble to think them up. This has the side benefit of being secure even if someone knows you, because the passwords are related to anything about you.

  9. “Getting a haircut” getting a haircut need password

  10. Oh man. I am so there. And then there are the accounts that demand change every 60 days….and 4 characters must be different.

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