Archive | August 2013

Passwords: The worst part about technology

On my desk I keep a 5×8 card with most of my passwords. My husbands says I can’t keep them in my phone because it’s too vulnerable. So I write them all down with the login and of course which site the info refers to, in pencil because they are always changing. At last count I have 35 different sites listed, plus a yellow stickie with 2 more stapled to the card and 1 more stickie on the edge of my monitor with another one.
I’ve got my insurance company, my blog, two banks, AT&T, my checking account, Yahoo, Gmail, Paypal, MyCloud, Cox TV for my internet, facebook, Toyota, Romance Writers Association and my member number, The Romance Review, American Express, Lands End, Zappos, Edline (for my grandson’s grades), Drugstore.come, and so on and so forth.
Try as I might, I find few of them are the same. Some sites, as you probably know, force us to change our password from time to time. Although I’d used the same one for Amazon for several years, recently it had to be changed (Why? I have no clue). I think Gmail is the worst. I type in my correct password carefully, and it’s says WRONG. I type it again, and it’s accepted. But sometimes, I go through this enough times that I have to change the password. AUGGH.
Despite the admonitions against it, I use my dogs’ names – both living and deceased and add numbers to satisfy the requirements. It’s madding, irritating, annoying, and a huge pain in the ass. Do you agree?
We have so much flipping security, you’d think we were protecting state secrets. But no, wait, state secrets are out. So much for their security. I promise you, the enemy would have no chance to get through my security – forced though it may be. Too bad the State Department doesn’t use whatever systems we’re force to endure.

Anyway — this is my rant for today, and excuse me now. I have to go change the password on my computer itself. Have a wonderful week, and keep track of those passwords.