Today’s world has password at every turn


This high-tech stuff is making a mess of my life and I’m not even talking iPads, smartphones or those “Berry” things I keep hearing about. I’m talking passwords.

There was a time when I didn’t have to remember any numbers other than my age and I could do that by raising fingers — I am this many — and be done with it. People around me even thought it was cute.

When computers entered our life, many of us were beside ourselves with joy. No more Wite-Out. But along with every upside there is a downside. No Wite-Out but passwords, which have to be remember just at a time when memory is on the downside.

I began with one password. Used it for all two of my favorite websites that required it. Simple. Six letters. Then I was told I had to include a number. A little more complicated, but I managed it, after all, I only had to remember one.

Then I found more websites, and after time they got  picky. No one liked my six letters plus one number, even my original website. Some wanted at least eight letters but would be happier with as many as 39. They also wanted numbers and characters, all for better security.

Really!  What did they think I was doing with my computer? Nothing the CIA could be interested in.

If I wanted my exciting life back, which includes such high-security activities as reading my newspaper, seeing what my grandsons were doing or downloading country music, I had comply.

Thus the mess for I can’t remember any of my passwords except my original, which no one will accept. Of course, I have all of them written down — someplace.

Enter the wrong one, and I will see the big red letters with the cute little phrase, “forget your password?”  

Click on that phrase, and I will find myself into never-never land. The only way out? Coming up with a new password, which may or may not work even if I might remember it.

I was told there is a program that will keep all your passwords for you.

Sounds good, but I bet I will need a password to get to it.


Joyce Ore

Joyce Ore writes delightful stories about life with a dose of humor and sprinkle of nostalgia. Her column appears Saturday in the Tribune.

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