Are you like me and have just had it up to there with passwords? I tried to access a site earlier and couldn’t remember my password. Thirty minutes later, numerous screens, error messages, and two emails, I still don’t know the password. That’s 30 minutes of my life I could have spent doing my cardio work-out. (insert hysterical laughter here)
When I worked in a cubicle farm, a majority of us would stash our computer passwords under our keyboards. We all knew each other did this, but nobody said anything because, of course, it was not an allowed practice. But it was easy to remember. And, that’s the problem with passwords — only a 12-yr old can remember any of them.
I tried using the same password for everything. That fell apart when some jerk hacked an email account. I got the notification, panicked, and realized I had 70 hundred thousand million passwords to generate. And they all had to be different. And I had to have them in my head and be able to retrieve them. Oh my. This would never work.
I got the bright idea of jotting down passwords in a small notebook. That failed when the notebook fell on the family room floor somehow and EmmaLou, Golden Destroyer, had a midnight snack. Ack.
Next, I decided to embed passwords into phone numbers. Disaster! I couldn’t remember which part of the phone number was the password, or if the phone number was a real one, and ended up phoning some rather angry people.
I had heard about smart phone aps that took care of passwords. I quickly downloaded the latest ap. I loaded all my passwords into it, then gave it a password. Guess what I forgot? The password to access my passwords.
I created an Excel spreadsheet and put all my passwords there. Then I thought it would be a good idea to print it out, so if I died unexpectedly (like from a password event-generated stroke), Devoted Spouse would be able to get into all my records online. But the spreadsheet was too big for my printer paper. I had to scotch-tape the printed pages together. It turned into such a mess, I shredded everything and opened a bottle of wine.
There seems to be no easy solution to this. I have a copy of the spreadsheet that wasn’t taped together. I threw it in a file folder to deal with later. I just don’t remember what I did with that folder…sigh…