I logged onto my computer last week and put in my network password, then to open my Outlook account I had to put another password in for that. I had to open a different software program and needed yet another password for that. I then went to check my voicemail and had to enter a password there too. There are just too many passwords to remember, and that doesn't include my boss's passwords that I also need to know because I have to check his emails as well as my own.
Along with our multiple work passwords, we have a password for our home computer, and if we sign up for Facebook, Twitter or any other website, we have another password to remember. We have a password for the automated bank machine and if you bank online you have another one for that. Even if you phone the bank they need your secret passcode or they won't speak to you about your account. Sometimes I say to them, "Just give me a hint, how many digits are there in the password, then I will know which one I used?" But they refuse to help me out. I mean if it was really me I should know what my password is, but wait a minute, I am me and I still don't know.
Of course the simple solution would be to have the same password for every aspect of your life, but nope that doesn’t work. One program requires a mix of alpha and numeric and only six digits, while another one requires upper and lower case, but only uses four digits. And then there are the sites that assign you a password that I would never remember in a million years, but thankfully they normally give you a chance to change it once your email address has been verified. And do we really have to change our work passwords every 60 days, and why can’t I use the same password I used a year ago? I kinda liked that one, but nope I can’t reuse the old password.
I realize the change in passwords is for security reasons, but I find it is just too hard to remember all of them so most of us just keep adding a number to our existing password, or like some people I know they put their password on a yellow sticky and stick it on their computer, which defeats the whole purpose of the secure password. Thank goodness I get three tries to pick the right one before the system locks me out. The first time it doesn't work, I assume I entered it wrong so try again. When that doesn't work I remember, oh yeah I changed my password yesterday, but what did I change it to? I usually get it right on the third try, but I have been locked out on a few occasions.
On some sites there is an option to "Remember my password," which is helpful until your system crashes and you lose everything and then how are you ever going to remember what the password was in the first place since you haven't had to enter it in a year? I thought I was being smart and saved all my passwords in a sub-folder in Outlook, but alas that too was gone in the crash. Of course even if the system hadn't crashed, I would have needed to know my server and Outlook password so I could get into my sub-folder with all my passwords?
And let's not stop with passwords, what about log-in names? Some sites use your email address as the log in, while others require you to create your own. I can never remember if I used my email address, my first and last name or was assigned a log-in name.
I know we are probably stuck with the current system of trying to remember log-in names and passwords, but thankfully at work if you do forget your password the administrator can re-set it, and then you have the option of changing it again. Although the new password can't be anything you have used in the last six months. Ugh! Back to the drawing board.