258 thoughts on “Password Hell – ‘Nuff said

  1. I’ve kept the same password for almost 12 years. Needless to say I also have 5 different passwords all different. Some simple some very complex. But I have remembered them all and placed the passwords in different categories (not really sensitive/sensitive/very sensitive/etc.)

    I’ve noticed that some people look at a book/poster and use those words that they keep staring as a password.


  2. Nice post . Truly remembering all passwords is a great burden . I often forget the passwords and have to try all the possibilities and end up clicking forget my password button 😛 . Can’t risk having same password for everything can’t remember so many different passwords . 😦


    • Yes, but the problem is when you entered the reminder question it was something arbitrary like “What’s your favourite movie?” And we all know that it changes weekly, doesn’t it?


      • hahaha then we are doomed 😉 . Use different questions for different IDs and one standard answer for all of them that has nothing to do with those questions .


  3. I get made fun of for never remembering my password. Every damn website has different requirements, resulting in 30 iterations of the same reliable phrase/number/special character combination. Then, once I finally get to the “reset your password” page, I get the error – “you can’t use any password you’ve used in the last year,” effectively starting the process all over again.

    BAH. Can we get on to retina scans for this already.

    Thank you for putting our collective digital frustrations into words!


  4. I recently listened to radio program hosting an expert on the subject. According to her, the safest method is to pick random words from the dictionary. She advised against using words that are associated with you or your family, and to refrain from using the same password for everything. She said she uses a notebook to record all her passwords, which she said is much safer than storing passwords online or on your phone. Personally, I hate when sites have different special character requirements, so my general password doesn’t work. I then have to remember which site has the 123* at the end and which has 123!. And when I forget and have to reset a password (and it can’t be the same as the last umpteen you used), I then have to remember which was 234* and which was 321!. My son doesn’t understand what the fuss is all about – just use the same password, he says. I told him the longer you’ve been using passwords (aka the older you are), the harder it is to manage them for the afore mentioned reasons. So he reset my password on my laptop to “rememberyourpasswordoldfart” 🙂


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  6. This is too funny and so true. I hate passwords. My husband worked for a internet security firm and is a total password snob. He keeps them in a spreadsheet because they are too complicated to remember. I tease him often. I do have to admit though, he has never had his email account hacked. Mine on the other hand has been attempted to be hacked with the recommended password change 4 times …


  7. So true!! I have to try zillions of combinations before I get one right.Plus using the forgot password feels a lot easier that the what goddam password did I use in this one!!
    And it is such a heck to type passwords to every freeging thing when you are as lazy as me.


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  9. I laughed till I cried. But, seriously, there is this great app called LastPass that generates and remembers passwords of length and complexity you set, along with whatever username you set for each site. You choose one master password to log in to LastPass.


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