the fear of forgetting passwords

14 Aug

One of my stranger phobias, I know… but please, someone, tell me I’m not alone!!

It is a very big empty space out here….. wooo -hoooooooo.  It is not even echo-ing-echo-ing.  It isn’t… believe me!

I mean, it must at least have a name.  Or does everyone just cheat with the address book!?

Oh, is there a cheat-sheet like that for spiders?  Just wondering 🙂


Posted by on Saturday, August 14, 2010 in selfish


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5 responses to “the fear of forgetting passwords

  1. Anonymous

    Monday, August 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    At present I have various passwords at work, which change on a regular basis. I forget them all the time. Thankfully after 3 attempts when it locks up, restarting the computer usually fixes it :).

    After the first 25%, your blog post fails to make sense 😉 ({)

  2. Chris

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Use keepass –

  3. rach

    Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks, Anon… I’m not sure your comment makes much more sense – why on earth would restarting the computer allow password entry security to be breached? Doesn’t lessen my phobia….

    True, though… one of my less-saner posts. I am still uncomfortable with tweetable-lenght posts, so I needed to pad.

    Chris – thanks! I have considered keepass before, and may again, but not been overly sold on it yet. Currently I use tiddlyfolio, which has some benefits…

    I find my biggest problem is being bothered to keep it up-to-date when you have updates. (And also describing password entry systems at work when there’s a complicated backbone – some systems which use the same authentication as each other, and you have to consciously identify that when a password has changed recently (which is annoying when most often you have multiple expire at once). Is keepass good for that? In particlar, unix systems / proprietary systems that don’t necc follow the standards? Also, similar systems, but hosted in different locations which for some reason have seperate authentication.

    And, of course in that light my biggest fear is forgetting my master password 😉


  4. AnthonyL

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Why not just have the same uncrackable superlong password for everything, and change it in some predictable way if you ever get paranoid?

    Or why not buy a domain name for $10 and enter every password email (many of them are emails now) as X@Y where X is the name of the site you want access to and Y is the domain name you bought for $10 from godaddy or (better maybe) dotster? You set up email forwarding at your domain seller site on the control page they give you, so it is global ie ANYTHING@Y goes to your ordinary email.

    If this is some thing that could work for you you can then find out which miscreants have sold your email to someone else and easily block it from getting to you!

    Then you could also set up your blog under the name Y which could be or or whatever you bought, and make it look spiffier. If you want. Personally I think simple looks better.

    • Rachel

      Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm


      I appreciate you taking the time to offer a suggestion, thankyou!

      I can give an update on my own thoughts on the matter (beyond merely the partly tongue-in-cheek tone).

      I now use KeePass, and am more than happy with that service, even while believing there could be better alternatives out there (e.g. LastPass). This is useful in giving me quick access to the passwords I need – one keyboard shortcut inputs my details on a website login.

      Your alternative idea, while I must admit I don’t fully follow your logic, you may be able to make it a useful service if the idea could be automated for users. If I’m understanding you correctly, there could be one additional benefit*: the insight/functionality of tracking down who sold your email address.

      My only question would be: how do you change your password in such a system? Almost all “password emails” I receive now give me a temporary password to change on first login. (Or if they don’t suggest a change, I do anyway, as there is no guarantee of email privacy.)

      *beyond merely recording passwords


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