Passwords, Passwords and More Passwords

How the heck do I keep track of them? All the passwords I have to create to enter various and sundry sites on the web. I mean, I have passwords for my work, for my credit union, for WordPress, for my computer, for my router, for my credit card online account, for my cell phone, for Facebook, for my health insurance online account, for my car insurance online site, for netflix, for my cable company, for my utilities company, for my antivirus account, for my library account, for this and for that and for more of the same. I have passwords to get to my passwords, and passwords to get to those passwords. And the experts tell me not to use the same passwords. How do I keep track of the darned things? What happens if I get the alzheimers and can’t remember any of them? Pretty soon I will need a password just to get into my car and one to get into my house. God help me if I ever forget those.

There are so many of the darn things to remember and I’m supposed to change them every-so-often. It has become overwhelming. On top of all my personal passwords, I have to remember passwords at work. And these passwords are supposed to be alphanumeric so some hacker in Russia can’t break in and steal some of my prized possessions. One of these days all my brain will contain is passwords. I’ll meet a friend and say, “Well, hello, loopy4837….oh, sorry, hello George….” All the technological revolution in the past twenty years has caused is making me into one big worry wort. “What was that dad-nab-it password?” Oops, I just forgot the password to my brain.

I know, I know. Our computers have gotten a lot smarter. They remember passwords. But what happens if someone steals my computer? Pretty soon I’ll find out they’ve logged into my Frogger Game Online and are playing in my name and they are losing. I had twenty gadzillion points racked up and now they’ve lost every last one of them. All because I stored my passwords on my computer. Or horror of horrors, they’ve logged into my WordPress Account and are writing my blogs for me. And the darned thief spells worse than I do.

Years ago I worked in the data processing department at my local library. These days it would be called the IT Department.) I remember this cartoon my boss had tacked onto the bulletin board in our office. It showed an open grave and a woman standing over it, saying a prayer. A man in a suit was leaning over and asking her, “Did he … give you the password?”

Wonder what will happen if God forgets Her passwords? We will be in a real world of hurt.

Just a thought: maybe She can contact the NSA.

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4 thoughts on “Passwords, Passwords and More Passwords

  1. Just a suggestion: create a basic password and modify it according to the place you’re logging in to, like “password4Twitter” for Twitter, “password4WordPress” for WP. You can make several password rules with harder to guess passwords, and don’t use these two, these are mine.

  2. I was just lamenting this very thing to my husband over the weekend. We were trying to log into an email account that we reserve for “junk” items. There was a receipt for purchase we were trying to retrieve, so I typed in the email account’s password (newly changed, so I know it was correct), and I was still asked to provide an answer a security question — one that I’d created in 2009, according to Yahoo! I couldn’t remember the answer! (The question was: What is your oldest child’s nickname? Well, nicknames for my kids are constantly changing). It’s crazy. We’re not supposed to write these things down down or use the same passwords over and over, yet everything nowadays is password protected.

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