How to survive creating a new personal password for anything.
The directions are simple …
PASSWORDS MUST BE 10 TO 15 CHARACTERS
USING A COMBINATION OF UPPER AND LOWER CASE
LETTERS, NUMBERS AND ASSORTED AND SUNDRY
MARKS ! @ # % & + ? FOUND ON YOUR COMPUTER KEYBOARD
The difficult part is they have to be a combination that you won’t forget when you are asked to re-enter them into to the little space box whenever you want to get into your bank account, e-mail box or whatever you are trying to get into in the first place.
When you set up the password, you didn’t want it to be so easy that any Tom, Dick or Mary could crack the code and get into your records without batting an eye. You know, things like MY*PASSWORD, SecretWord or OPEN-SEZ-ME. But you want it to be easy enough to remember when you have to enter it and get it to match the second time you’re asked to confirm it. It gets even harder when you’re working with an online banking account and you’re working against a specific time limit countdown and you keep getting 60-SECONDS TO TIME OUT, 45-SECONDS TO TIME OUT, 15-, 10-, 5- GOODBYE SUCKER!
To make matters worse, you might type in mysecretpassword but all you can see on the screen is **************** and you have no idea what in the hell you just typed … much less was it in upper or lower case. I’ll be honest, I have near nervous breakdowns whenever I have to create a new password. I always go into the process with great confidence that my creativity will prevail and end up biting my nail the third or fourth time I get DOES NOT MATCH!!!
You think I would get smart and write out my new password on a piece of paper before I even start entering it. But no, it’s such an easy task and I’m not going to let this damn computer dominate me. I finally got my password to match on my fourth try this morning. And now I can’t remember what it was.