Passing on Passwords

I swear, you need a password these days just to wake up in the morning.

Our lives have been taken over by passwords, PIN numbers and tests, and nothing gets done unless you have them all memorized. Anything you do, especially on line, means you need a password. And since so much of life has moved on line, life is now a long series of passwords.

I get it that in the age of computer hackers, you do need some mechanism to protect yourself and your identity. But the demands of some of the password experts are a bit much.

For instance, you’re not supposed to write down your password anywhere. You’re supposed to memorize them. All 1,345,532 passwords that you use daily. And they can’t be easy to recall. Oh no, that would give the criminals too many hints.

The passwords are supposed to include letters, numbers and symbols, so you get a password that looks like 78uy@65$4.

Look away from this post for one minute, then see if you can memorize the password in the previous sentence. Yeah, right.

According to a January New York Times piece, people still gravitate toward easy to remember passwords, like 123456, because they’re easy to remember.  I understand the instinct to simplify, despite the risks.

My brain is already cluttered with things I want to remember. So the computer geeks want us to jettison pleasant memories for this jumble of symbols and letters?

Forget that beautiful sunset you saw last week or that great advice your wise and kind friend gave you yesterday. Nope, 78uy@6584 is more important.

After all, let’s be robots, not human beings.

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