Is it just me or does everything require you to provide a password these days?
I have been running into trouble with that one lately. My problem is that I have such a fear of a security breach but have a bad working memory for passwords. Sometimes I am so good at choosing a cryptic password I can’t remember it and I lock myself out of my own account.
My first foray into having a password was when I first got an email account my last year of University. Back then in the mid ’90s, the school gave you an email address and a unique password to use. The next year, I created my own email account with Yahoo and made some shit password up that I still used until a few months ago when some hacker from Peru hijacked my email account to spam “all of my contacts”.*
Today, when they tell you to create a new password, you are told to make them longer, with upper and lower case and add a few numbers in there for good measure. They even give you an indicator that tells you if you have a “strong” password or not. For me, this is okay, except I have SO MANY accounts with SO MANY websites I have a hard time keeping track any more. The password reset button has become my friend. With the number of times I have reset my passwords at Amazon, they probably think something’s wrong with me.
I recall buying and playing a game from some online gaming retailer three years ago, but could not remember which one: Direct2Drive (now Gamefly)? Gamersgate? Some other random retailer? Turns out, I don’t know! I tried using my email on a bunch of sites to reset my password, and they came up dry. There, see: My bad memory has made me lose out on a game!
In an attempt to remedy my situation, when I first got my Android tablet I got a password app and started inputting my accounts into it. The password app requires a password…which I have since been locked out of because I forgot it (irony…). Yeah, I don’t recommend that app…At least if my account is online I can recover it and change the password…but then I need to write down the new password somewhere…
I have since started cataloguing my usernames and passwords in a locked word file (yes, also password protected…sigh). With every website wanting you to create a username, password, provide your phone number and secondary email address, my head spins with all of it. These days, I think twice before starting a new online account with any company for fear I’ll forget the account altogether, let alone the username and password.
*Little did this Peruvian jerk know I use the Yahoo account for throwaway accounts and have zero contacts so the viagra ads went nowhere. Haha, Jerko…
How about you? What strategies do you use to remember passwords?