Passwords and PIN numbers


Passwords and PIN numbers. It is becoming a daily struggle to remember them. Not because I’m getting old and forgetful. (I’M NOT!) But because there are so many of them. Thirty-four when I last counted. A different one for each email account, the Apple App Store, Android Play Store, DropBox, Drive, iPad, iPhone, laptops, desktops (at work and at home), the various Wi-Fi networks, Internet Banking, and then even separate codes for the alarm system and the electric fence at home. How times have changed.
People are very creative when choosing passwords. There was this blonde girl somewhere in Trump Country who chose as her password “MickeyMinniePlutoHuey LouieDeweyDonald GoofyPhoenix”. When asked why she had such a long password, she said that she was told that it had to be at least eight characters and include at least one capital.
A lot of men, apparently, link the name of their ex to a dirty word to create a password they won’t forget. And then they get stuck when they can’t remember if it was “TrampAshley”, “SlutAshley” or “HookerAshley”.
Deciding on a name for your Wi-Fi network creates an ideal opportunity to scare your neighbours. “GetOffMyLawn”, “VirusInfectedWiFi”, “Shut YourDogUp” or “MySonIsAHacker” can send a strong message to other people in your street.
The most common password ever used in the world is “password”. The thinking goes that nobody will be able to guess that the password is password itself. But the fact that it is the most common password in the world just shows that everyone who thinks he’s really smart is actually plain dumb.
And then there’s the notorious Ashley Madison dating service. Motto: “Life is Short. Have an Affair.” You might remember that their accounts were hacked in 2015. Not only were the identities of clients released, but also their passwords. Among the more imaginative examples, were “Cheater”, “Horny”, “Batman”, “Master,” “Killer”, “Mustang”, “Harley” and “LetMeIn”.
There were also a number of passwords that suggested that at least some users had doubts about their activities. This one takes the cake: “IShouldNotBe DoingThis”. – Albe Grobbelaar