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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I Forgot My Password!

    The other day I was working with my blogs and trying to get into some of my Google accounts.  I was in an area where I had never gone before and was asked to enter a password for some Google application I have never heard of.  I had no idea what to do, so I put in my usual Google password, but it didn't work. So I decided to try clicking on "Forgot My Password" and waited for the link to reset my password. I reset it and then tried the new password. It didn't work!  I spent about 30 minutes screwing around with this app I had never even heard of and accomplished nothing! Sorry I did accomplish something. I managed to change all of my Google passwords! Now I had to scurry to remember what I changed them to!

    We have passwords for our computers, our phones, our email, our bank accounts and every single site we use on a daily basis.  How the hell are we supposed to remember all of those damn passwords?  It is especially hard for us seniors.  We are always told not to write them down on paper, lest we lose the paper. So what are we supposed to do?  I have an app on my phone called m Secure, which is a password management app that I use and find to be quite helpful.  Of course it requires a password! It is also free to download. I find it very useful, but I still have to remember to put in the passwords for every account and every site I use. I also have to remember that I need to have my phone with me every time I use my computer.  

    Computer security experts also recommend that we change our passwords several times during the year and create one with all kinds of various letters, numbers and symbols.  That's a lot of complicated crap to remember!  I can't figure out why all of the computer and security experts can come up with highly complicated technologically advanced techniques for just about everything, but they can't come up with a safe and simple replacement for passwords!  How about facial recognition or fingerprints to replace passwords?  This would really help those of us who can't remember what we had for dinner last night!

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