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Open thread: password fatigue – Senior Planet



Recently, my old cell phone broke beyond the hope of repair. Buying a new one, changing carriers, activating the new phone and migrating my info took almost a week and involved at least nine usernames / passwords / account numbers / security codes … and that does not include all “interim” passwords I had to log in to and get to create min real Password.

About the same time, I took a Covid-19 sampling and antibody test. To get my results I had to create a username, a fake password and a real password plus some other actions. There are 11 passwords in less than a week. I’m tired of passwords because of all these restrictions – thanks to anyone who would like to apologize.

Integrity and safety are important but I̵

7;m at the point where it sounds pretty good to put a chip under my skin. Particularly annoying is the way they sandbag you. Go through the rings to create real password but ..

NOPE – not enough letters.

NOPE, you can not use that symbol.

NOPE, you need uppercase and lowercase letters.

And then you learn that you have to change your password every six months.

There have been some recent developments in password security; read about it here. And if you really want to be scared, read these 39 steps (great idea for a movie title!) To the ultimate password nirvana … if you dare. It is billed as a password generator..but how do you know it is not stored your? If you want to delegate password management, here is a good summary. I’m tempted. At the last count I have 20+ passwords to keep track of and I am tired of passwords.

But what about you? Take our survey and let us know in the comments!

Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter looking for hidden gems and unsung (or unsung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a brand new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for open threads to her at editor@seniorplanet.org.


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