We all have far too many passwords to remember, goes without saying.
Then there are the irritating sites that require high security passwords for uses that are clearly not of high security for us individually, for example twitter vs. your bank. REALLY! I know twitter gets hacked a lot and it is a big fat hassle for them, but honestly, they're more uptight that the banks!!!!
Due to a recent massive virus attack at work I have been forced to update the passwords I have everywhere and I have also been forced to increased their security.
This has tipped me over the balance of password happiness. Isn't that precious of me?
I have been gradually increasing their security, as the IT types want us all to do. No longer the simply easily remembered word. Back in the good old days we could use our kid's middle name and be done with the beast. No, I moved onto longer words; you know, middle name of both kids put together in chronological order; then onto longer words with associated numbers. Then you move to increasingly difficult to guess items. Kids are out now, you've got to go with an anagram of the name of the salesman that sold you your second car or something equally stellar.
Now I have added capitals and non-numeric, non-alphabetic symbols as well. This proved extra challenging as I have to use the same passwords on both Spanish and English keyboards and some keys are easy to locate on one board, but hidden or unclear on another. Finding one that had both some logic and was easily locatable on both boards took some time. My personal favourite, and I wonder who dreamed this up is the dash/bottom of the line line, you know, these: - or _ . HOW can I remember which is which on the keyboard????
I just went to log into facebook and decided it wasn't worth the hassle of typing in the password. The stupid thing is enormous and there are so many keystrokes. There must be a better system, no?
I went to change the password on my stat counter site and they didn't accept my non-numeric, non-alphabetic symbol of choice. I had to invent a separate password for that site alone, a sure guarantee that I will never be able to get in again without going through the entire 'I've lost my password' e-mail saga.....
I have heard of people that have used complex formulas based on the date and page numbers of books they are reading at that time. Pity those who work in industries where they have to change the password on a weekly basis.
Or, the rotating password horror. People who have a stable of passwords that they spin around and around as the weeks pass, sort of a modern day pony express. The poor ponies gradually working their way across the continents or shuttling back and forth eternally between the same few changing stations.
Sometimes I think that virus writers are actually the marketing departments of anti-virus software companies, no? Either that or they are mad scientists trying to bring about the end of civilisation as we know it by creating the simultaneous melt down of all computer literate people caused by the crashing of our neurological systems under a weight of unrememberable passwords.
BWAH HAH HAH HAH HAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!