Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Magic of Passwords

Not.


yesterday I somehow hit a 'log out' button in the wilds of Google, and then hit a 'reset" button,  and was suddenly faced with the computer equivalent of a SWAT Team.  They needed a password.  I gave them the old password. 
Nope.   We need the last password you used. Nope. Try again.  Now I'm beginning to sweat.  Google, games, Yahoo Mail, Blogger and Word Press are somehow inexplicably linked to each other by this password.

It's like dropping the key to your house in a snowbank and hearing the door slam, the windows automatically lock, the car won't start, and the dog is trapped in the car.   And you're wearing fuzzy blue slippers and a green robe.  

They finally asked me to make a new password, and after three tries they accepted it.  Seeing as how it's the one they just refused, I was quite pleased.    Later that day I got a panic stricken email from Yahoo saying that my password had been changed.  you could see the muzzles of rifles sliding out from the patrol car.

And just now Google emailed me to suggest that my Password may have been compromised, it was changed yesterday...

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  1. I just did this same exact dance with another site. Several hours invested. Nothing changed. argh.

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  2. You have every ounce of left over sympathy I can muster, I know that leaden feeling all too well...

    I do have a backup thingy that allows me to go back in time by a few days or even longer, which can be amazingly useful when a virus decides to eat your face...
    If you have something like that, that might do the trick. Just make sure you don't have anything really vital going on in that time period.

    Sometimes I think they really want us to screw up, so they put the 'sign out' and 'log out' buttons way up in the corner, just south of the "close" button.

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  3. What rots my socks is when you wrestle for ages to get into your own account, finally have to change password, and they keep snarling that your choices are all too weak, but grudgingly let you in, then after all that, they start frantically emailing to say hey someone got into your account, was it you? Wondering who else would put in the time and energy to get into my pathetic little accounts.

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    1. Exactly. And on rare occasions they even suggest that you might want to change your password (just to be on the safe side). No. Just no.

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  4. And the other cockamamie seekrit password thing: when I go online to view my account, they say, is this your password? And I say, yes. And the great golden doors swing open.
    When I go to the bank they look at me and when I hand them a withdrawal slip they don't ask for ID, just hand me the money.
    However. When there has been a blip on the corporate radar and we are supposed to have new Debit Cards with safe new numbers, we are never told about it until the cards arrive in plain brown wrappers without even a return address on the outside. Twice I've had to fish that thing out of the trash, thinking, maybe that was important...

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  5. I have to credit (!) my bank with notifying me to look out, card incoming. So there's that. I still have tried to recycle it though. You just can't help some people!

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    1. I have to be careful about recycling any of that stuff, at least in the winter. We burn wood, and that means any junk mail is considered a possible and probably tomorrow fire starter. It's not just digging it out of the trash, it's rescuing it from the firebox.

      Hopeless, we are hopeless.

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  6. Sometimes i get a notification my password could have been compromised, create a new password and forget it immediately. The internet can be a scary place sometime

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    1. I have a list of all the passwords for all the places I go or have gone. Sometimes, however, I will forget which one Im using now for ::this:: site, and when I use the wrong one they get all hissy and nervous and I need to find a new one. Which is often the old one, but they don't know that.

      I think the internet is only scary when they take such pains to protect us from ourselves without asking if we want to be protected at all. Sort of calling up for a taxi and having it arrive with a squad of police cars surrounding it.

      Nice to see you here, Noel.

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  7. I feel your pain! I don't think there's an internet user alive who doesn't.

    I have a great system for my many, many passwords which, of course, I can't share on a public forum. :(

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    1. I have one as well, but it is only as good as the sites themselves. And even then they will often accept only 'new passwords" which, I found, is often the old password only they don't see that.

      So much for deep security.

      I'm delighted you have something that works for you--nice to know something does...

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