Passwords: simplifying the complexity

A long while ago now, I wrote up an idea I had for dealing with the problem of handling an ever-growing list of passwords, something that all Net users need to do. (The first post in the series is here).

Since then, I’ve realised that there’s one bit of advice I forgot to mention, which is: don’t let the websites you use ‘remember’ your password.

The reason? Simple. If you let websites remember your passwords, you won’t. So when you come to a time that you need to use the password, you’ll have forgotten it. On the other hand, if you refuse to allow the machine to do your remembering for you, you have no option but to remember the password yourself. As I’ve said before, the human brain is still much more clever than these dumb machines – before long, you’ll have transferred your password to long-term memory and will never have to worry about it again.

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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