It was simple, efficient, kept out the riff-raff.
At some point, however, the concept of a password shifted into some sick, sadistic game whose rules keep changing to increasingly favor the house.
Now, nothing conjures up anxiety and dread quite like a vacant box beckoning for me to enter my unique string of letters/numbers/characters.
Such a seemingly straightforward request, yet it demands some masterful sleuthing skills on my end.
You see, my password history is long and rocky and littered with debris.
My original password was simple and memorable: something along the lines of “mike” (though not quite that obvious).
Soon I was asked to complicate it by adding a number, so “mike55” (also bogus) became the norm.
Next, I had to add a special character to the mix, and “mike55$” was the ticket.
And the latest – and most grueling – demand is that I create an entirely new, unique password every 30/60/90 days.
Given that I have active passwords created during each phase of this evolution, I think you get a sense of my frustration. I’m guessing you may relate.
It’s sometimes helpful when the empty password box is accompanied by an offer to retrieve a lost password — that is, of course, unless I can’t recall the answer I provided to a security question posed months or years earlier (as if I can remember which “childhood best friend” or “favorite teacher” I cited…)
My work BlackBerry is arguably my least merciful opponent, granting me just eight attempts to hit the jackpot before it wipes itself clean (and I know first-hand that it means business). This ticking time bomb loves to threaten its self-destruction while I try to recreate the convoluted logic my mind used to concoct the latest password. Maddening.
I’ve heard about those apps that serve as a master repository for all your passwords. Seems like a good idea, but guess what’s required to access it…that’s right, even my passwords need passwords.
Unfortunately, all of this really just proves one point: that I’m too old and crotchety to play in tree forts anymore.
Got any password tales of your own to share?