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Saturday, December 8, 2012

password


Linking up with Cate's 6WS meme today.

Here's my six words:

Time to change the password already?

On my work computer, we have to change the password every 90 days; its built into the program for HIPAA protection, etc. I get a warning "your password will expire in five days, consider changing it". I got the warning today. I just thought I changed my password. These 90 days or so go by way too fast!!

Without letting it be known on how I keep track of passwords, I use a certain popular name here in a different variation and add a symbol or number to it at the end so I can keep track of the passwords. Otherwise, I'd be likely to forget it and we aren't suppose to write down our passwords in places where people could see them because that is another HIPAA violation.

Enjoy the weekend!

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42 comments:

Jen Forbes said...

I am horrible with passwords so I hear you betty. I always have to announce to my husband when I change mine or else I'll forget!! I have a head like a sieve :)

Mevely317 said...

Aaaargh! While we've no HIPAA regs at my workplace (instead, PCI compliance), these reminders always seem to pop-up at the most inconvenient times!
Like you, mine(18 of them at last count)are all variations on a theme. As we're not allowed to keep anything in writing, I "cheat" by using Gregg shorthand. (Ya, doesn't that make me a dinosaur?!)
Have a beautiful day!

Shelly said...

Passwords are my bugaboo. I, too, have to use a variation of the same one because I will soon forget it if I don't.

Brenda Youngerman said...

that is the problem with them changing every 90 days... you actually see the passage of time!

Dana said...

I should really change mine more often.

Have a happy day!

jack69 said...

I had to e-mail Maverly (above) aboutthe shorthand comment. Sherry loved shorthand but never used it after HS.
Anyway, enjoyed the post, and only have one place we go that requires a constant change, and it is frustrating until I can get a pattern going. hahaha
Take care, nice day on this side of the country!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is a great reminder for all of us. Changing a password often is a good thing for sure! Yes the past 90 days have flown buy. Hope your Saturday is a super one!

Jeanie said...

I also have to change work passwords every 90 days, even now when I am only working part time. It is always a challenge to remember them. I'm not very good at thinking to change the passwords I use for personal things but they say it is a good idea to change them regularly. Problem is I can only remember so much. :)

Joanne Noragon said...

My 90 day password is simple.

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restlessjo said...

I used to work for the Benefits Agency and it was a nightmare if you got timed out or forgot your password. I often have to have my password reset if I'm buying things online, because I can't keep track of them.

Sharon said...

That would be such a pain in the neck, Betty. But of course, some of the HIPAA rules are a pain in the neck too, in my humble opinion.

I have my passwords written down in a notebook - but mostly I just remember them in my head. My biggest fear is that I will forget my passwords, and then forget where I put my notebook!!

Which is a distinct possibility since I still have so many unpacked moving boxes!

90 days???

No way.

xo

Ron. said...

Yup. Password never changes; only the numbers that follow it. HIPPA...Bah.

Bijoux said...

The only thing worse than passwords are the security questions that I can't remember how I answered!

Chatty Crone said...

I have all variations of my password - so if I change one I would have to change them all and I would be so confused. My mind would explode.

sandie

retired not tired said...

I always had a hard time when it came to changing passwords. Don't miss it at all. Now I just have to remember hubby's password.

Juli said...

My six words for today...

Too tired to think right nozzzzzzzz....

:)

Vicki said...

I change my pw's periodically, but not on any schedule. "They" say you're supposed to change them monthly, but I never do.

Robyn :) said...

Ours at work is like that. I have a phrase I use and change one of the words.

Deals On Wheels said...
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Deals On Wheels said...

I can't imagine! I can barely remember all the different passwords I have. I don't know what I would do if I always had to change them all the time!

notes4neta said...

Remembering passwords...ahhhhh!! I am slowly changing over to passwords I can actually remember! I wish they were voice-activated!

Susie Clevenger said...

Passwords...I have so many. I get confused on which is which..good you have a system of creating them that helps you remember.

Karen said...

Hate changing passwords! I get messages like "2 weak" or must use 1 number, 1 upper case, 1 lower case, 1 symbol, be 8 or more letters long and not repeat anything. Yeah.... On the other hand, at least it reminds you! :-)

Hilary said...

I hate changing passwords... especially when you have to get all fancy with capitals and characters... I never remember them!

Intense Guy said...

I'm sure Koda is flattered.

:)

Secret Agent Woman said...

I have to deal with that too on insurance websites and it drives me nuts to keep thinking up new passwords.

Jazzbumpa said...

When I was working, I changed mine every month. Built it around the month name and number in same way that I no longer need to remember.

Cheers!
JzB

Kelly said...

I hated most of the HIPAA crap when I was at the hospital. So much of it was just so ridiculous! I only use 3 passwords, ever. I just change where I stick the uppercase letter, mostly.

Linda B. said...

Quite the challenge for sure! Hey, add it to those brain exercises you wrote about previously. Time sure does fly!

Empty Nester said...

We have the same thing at school. DRIVES ME NUTS. But we all do the same thing you do! :)

Azara said...

We have to change our passwords so often and make them so complicated that I've given up and written them down on a post it I keep in my drawer. Thanks IT. You really achieved your purpose there.

Marianne said...

Isn't all of life a password? In typical fashion, I can never remember mine nor am I able to figure it out when they provide the "clues" I asked them to originally give me whenever I forget.

I really need to be in a home.

Renegades said...

I just try them all until one works...yeah i know bad........

BACK TO BEING ME said...

we are always changing them at my work also I hate it I am getting less creative all the time or maybe more creative I once was so stumped on what to use that I would remember I used plainwheat toast2 and then when I needed to change it again I put the 2 at the front sad part I didn't eat much toast after I got my password changed. I miss you Betty stopping by I change the blog name but same Janice okay.

soulbrush said...

I hate passwords, I use the same one for everything- my hubby goes mad- he says it is 'risky'....grrr.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

The University keeps active the email addresses of its retirees, and I get just enough mail addressed to my University email account to check it regularly. They, too, require us to change passwords every 90 days ... and their rules for passwords are very stringent (no repeating characters, no names or real words, no repeating passwords for 12 months, etc.) so I have to keep a cheat sheet just to be able to choose a new password - and then to be able to actually remember it! Ugh!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

My husband has to do that too and it drives him crazy!!!

Tamera Brose said...

I'm terrible with passwords. They are a necessary evil.

The Brown Recluse said...

I hate changing passwords! Our work computers are like that too, only every time I changed my password, it messed my network up. Finally one of the computer guys fixed my computer so that I don't have to change my password. Soon as the other computer guys figure that out, they'll put a stop to my free ride!! lol

JosephAlsarraf said...

That's a good way to remember your passwords. I do sort of the same thing. : )

thelaughinghousewife said...

Passwords are the bane of my life; I'm always forgetting them.