My laptop has a password, as does the computer of every member of the family.
The family iPad has a password.
When my son plays a game on his computer (which, remember, already required a password), he needs another password for the game, even though the CD for that game is in the computer’s drive.
I need a password to order books from the library online.
I need a password to see my kids’ homework assignments (and my kids have their own, different passwords for that same website).
Want to download a free app on my phone? Better have the Apple Store password.
Want to watch something on Netflix or read an online newspaper? Better have the damn passwords.
And according to experts, these passwords need to be different from each other and changed frequently and they need to contain both letters and numbers – oh, and they should make no sense whatsoever or somebody might guess what they are, and even though you purposely just made them impossible to remember, don’t you dare write them down anywhere. Got that?
At least one expert recommends lying on those security questions sites have, like “What’s your mother’s maiden name?” and “Where did you first meet your significant other?” I have a hard enough time inputting the real answers correctly. When I typed in a city, did I put the city and the state? Did I capitalize every word in the title of my favorite book?
My husband recently started using Dashlane, an online password manager. That’s great, except this service, which requires its own password, doesn’t always work (particularly with newer operating systems).
In fact, I’m pretty sure the only person Dashlane has kept out of our accounts is me.
Yup, I hate passwords.