No, this isn't a tale of how a small town girl from Saskatchewan moved to the big city in oil-rich Alberta, while still managing to maintain her allegiance to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Although it could be.
And trust me, it would be very interesting and educational. You might even learn the difference between a combine and tractor, what the acronyms AISI, LST, ATA and IOP stand for, and the true definitions of bunnyhug, Vico and Moose Jaw.
But no, this is the story of how I, a masterful multitasker (aren't all teachers experts at this?), can never seem to remember my password.
I know. It's shocking. I can remember the phone numbers of my bffs in elementary school, what the middle name of my first crush was, and approx. a million names, faces, dates, events and evolution of countries' names as a history teacher.
But I can
hardly ever, rarely, never remember my passwords.
I've tried all the token tips in the past -- a significant date that's not easy for someone to guess, a combination of names of people close to me, a scrambled version of an important telephone number. And it worked. For awhile.
Then 2 main things happened in our world:
1.) I got married and was suddenly faced with an even more absent-minded husband who works 100+ hours a week and belongs to a million organizations. Guess who gets to keep track of his passwords too? =)
2.) The era of identity theft exploded and suddenly password requirements became diverse.
No longer was my 4-digit pin number going to cut it for every log-in. Now, I would require a specific password outline for each website and the task of keeping up with the password parameters for every such case:
- Website #1 needs 8 digits with one letter and 7 numbers.
- Website #2 needs 9 digits with 8 letters and 1 number.
- Company log in needs a new password every 6 weeks.
- Website #3 needs 298 digits with letters, numbers and special characters written in the pattern of a Shakespearean iambic pentameter
You'd think I was a top-secret project that the government was going to unleash on our enemies or something.
So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon (literally, not using Stumble Upon, although I like that service too) a "How to Remember Your Password" video by the fine folks at FastCompany.com. This struck me as brilliant, and I can only imagine how it's going to revolutionize my life.