User Names And Passwords - 10/23/13

  If I could change one thing in my life today it would be to create some kind of hack-proof universal password for all my needs.  I know some of you have more going on than I do but I am swimming in usernames and passwords.
  I've got any number of them at work to get into my computer and email, video and another series of them at home.  And don't forget for credit cards, atm, time sheet entry and unique identification and security symbols for every single bill I pay on line.
  All the experts say don't use the same passwords and usernames and I get that. They also say don't write this information down for fear it will fall into the wrong hands.   And if you do write it down, don't put it in your purse or wallet or near your computer.  Get real.  If I don't write them down somewhere there is a one hundred percent chance when I need one of them I will not be able to remember it, them.
  What's worse, several of my accounts require me to make new passwords every month or so.  About the time you get use to entering one and it's second nature for a job I need to do, it's time to change.  And if the new information you enter isn't complicated enough the computer program let's you know about it.  Whew!
  I still have all the same issues, but I feel a little better after venting.  I'm writing this blog from a colleague's computer while the tech guys figure out what's wrong with mine.  Isn't it always something?

 

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