Growing up I had one number; my phone number, no area code, it was just seven simple digits. There were five of us in the family and we all shared the same number. As a kid the only password I knew was “open-says-a-me” that was it, no other passwords, no barcodes, PIN numbers ~ life was so simple and we didn’t have a clue.
Today, I have home, cell, office, fax, toll free, I have Skype password and security codes; man, do I have security codes. I have a door code, garage code half a dozen credit card PIN numbers; I have codes to get into my computer and passwords for ThinkWorldClass, facebook, twitter, linked-in, You Tube plus more website passwords than I can remember. I have ATM codes, online banking codes, and a different number for my debit card, I have codes to shop and codes to retrieve messages I really don’t want to hear. I have cards to swipe numbers and letters to remember that make absolutely no sense, I have codes to scan and one ~ just one retina scan.
I have so many numbers that I put them all together in a password protected file. I am just not sure what the password is.
There is a reason that the most popular password is “password” of if a numerical sequence is required the most popular choice I, 2, 3, 4, 5 in ascending order or, to be really tricky 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
This is a true story; I was at the ATM machine on a Saturday night. Half a dozen tries and I keep getting the same message “PIN number invalid”. I was convinced that my account had been compromised; someone had stolen my identity and changed my password. I went home paranoid and penniless. I was about half way home when I realized, I had been using my office door code at the ATM. I think from now on I am going to make all my passwords “open-says-a-me”.
Keep smiling ~ Think World Class