Okay, I have GOT to change some things in my life. I have HAD it! I am DONE! I cannot go on like this!
One of my New Year’s resolutions absolutely has to be – oh, wait. I don’t ever make New Year’s resolutions. Something about the crippling guilt and self-flagellation when I don’t follow through, I think.
Let me start that sentence again.
IF I actually made New Year’s resolutions, one of them would absolutely HAVE to be – that’s better, though not as emphatic. It’ll have to do, though.
Yes. So, that resolution?
I really, really MUST consolidate all my passwords. I have about eleventy-six, and I can no longer remember which password goes with which online account/ email address/ secure website/ etc. I am sick and tired of being locked out of various online accounts/ email addresses/ secure websites/ etc. just because when I try to login to one of them, I punch in the wrong password. Three times. Three strikes and you’re out. Bingo. Locked out again. All because I think, every single time, that of course I remember which password I need to use so I don’t need to hit that famous “Can’t remember your password?” button. And almost every single time, I don’t remember.
How did this happen? Likely because I think I am smarter than I actually am. Whenever I have opened a brand new online account/ email address / secure website/ etc. in the past, I have tried to create a simple memorable password, just for that particular place. Which would be fine if I only WENT to one particular place. Which I don’t. So, more and more passwords came into existence, each one just slightly different that the previous one. Then some sites started requesting passwords that contained a certain number of characters, one of which had to be a symbol like % or £, and my previous passwords wouldn’t fit at all within those parameters. So some very different passwords had to be composed.
Also, one of my secure websites only allows me to keep a particular password for three months, then I must change it. Every. Three. Months. And I cannot repeat passwords that I previously used – or maybe I can, after a year. Or five. That one is a very large pain in the butt, let me tell you. Unfortunately, it’s a site that I must use a lot for work, so I really have no option other than to comply.
Then there are the user names. I have a whole bunch of those, too. But I seem to be able to keep those fairly straight. Probably because they are considered less important in computer-land than the passwords. I’ve never been locked out of somewhere because I tried three different user names. I get to try, try again, more than three times.
That is my non-resolution for New Year’s, then. I will give it a mighty try, my best effort.
But if you don’t hear from me for a while, it’ll likely be because I’ve been locked out of WordPress because I’ve forgotten my newly-created password.