Tuesday, January 6, 2015
"Simply sign in with your username and password, and...."
Here we go again. They want me to sign in with my username and password on an account I signed up for 2 years ago. I've slept since then and watched way too many football games to remember some silly password.
And I don't have one single username, or one single password. The security types will tell you that's the surest way to have your bank account drained before dark.
If I picked ajax (I didn't), one site would want a minimum of 5 letters. OK then, ajaxx. Then another would want at least one digit. Then make it ajaxx1. Then a third site would want at least one capital letter. Ajaxx1 for them, then. Then someone would want it stretched to 8 characters. *sigh* Ajaxxxx1, on and on. Now you tell me, without writing it down, which defeats the purpose of a password, how am I supposed to remember 6 months from now what my password is for site #3?
So you start guessing, but after 2 wrong guesses, they lock down your account. DOH! Now you have to call their 800 number and press one for this and two for that, and finally they tell you they will email you another password.
It shows up a few seconds later in your inbox, and it's Gkei86y#. Well, hell yeah, I'll keep that on the tip of my tongue for....2 nanoseconds. Maybe. So I change it to Clorox. Or was it Comet? I can't remember.
I tried one of those apps that remembers them all for you, but I forgot what my password to the app was. And even if I could remember it, they say you should change it at least every 30 days to stay a step ahead of the hackers.
Even the people who I used to go to for techie help are now getting left behind by the newest generation of technology. Now even they are throwing up their hands.
I like the blond who listed her password as "MickeyMinnieDonaldGoofySleepyHappySneezyDopeySacramento". She said she was just following instructions: They asked for 8 characters and one capital.
I think I'll just be a 21st Century dropout. :)