What is the password?

I make an effort to keep my romantic relationship with my non-public computer simple, and have avoided receiving mixed up with Facebook, Tweeter, or YouTube.

In the beginning, one four-digit password worked for all the accounts that required one. Then my existence grew to be complicated, and I required a password that contains six digits or eight digits, both alpha and numeric characters, or symbols. I now have 25 accounts that call for passwords and nine different configurations. I was never fantastic at math and don’t know how many combinations this equal, only that this is an outstanding offer to remember.

Some of my more youthful friends tell me that for safety purposes I should not compose them down. Are they kidding? I could not purpose without my coffee-stained cheat sheet with changes noted from top to bottom. Even with this, I am frequently intimidated by the red exclamation point inside the triangle that frowns and declares how the information I supplied is not correct or does not meet with their records. I have tried yelling in the screen that maybe it is their records which have been wrong, but that was as efficient as arguing with an automatic cellular call.

If the user name and password are correct, sometimes I am faced with an outstanding offer more safety questions. No longer do they request for my mother’s maiden name or where I was born. They have turn into an outstanding offer more subjective such as, “What is the name of your favored pet?” I can feel all all those big eyes and perky little ears looking decrease at me from pet heaven, waiting for my answer.

Recently in spite of all my efforts, I couldn’t remember a password to get into one of my e-mail accounts, and clicked “forgot my password.” The safety question was, “What is the name of your favored nephew.” Fortunately, I only have one, so did not require to create a decision. I typed in “Robert” — no luck. I tried Bob and Bobby. In desperation I even tried the name of my niece Julia. Nothing worked. I enquired for help, and my online help “friend” enquired me where I went on my honeymoon. Typing in that it absolutely was none of her or his business, I gave the correct answer. The first temporary password supplied did not work. But the next one did with directions to alter it inside of 24 hours. This should have been the finish of my ordeal, but when I tried to alter my password I was asked, “What is the name of your favored nephew?”

I wrote back, this time in budget letters — knowing it would not help, but it made me feel much better — and finally solved the problem.

I suggest a alter in the system. instead than providing my passwords to organizations so that you can give them business, they will require to use a password if they wish to fill my mailbox with their advertisements, and if they shed it, a new one will be issued only when they answer some safety inquiries about their net profits.

Then maybe my existence will be simple again.

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