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Sep 7th, 2018 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

The definition of a password is a secret word or phrase that must be used to gain admission to something. While I’m all for security and secrecy, I often find myself saying a few choice words when I have to change passwords on certain accounts every so many days, or I can’t remember what ID or password goes to which accounts — and the reminder that passwords are case sensitive.

For security reasons they say not to use the same password for everything, so I find myself writing down the ID and password used for every account. How secure it that? I know my memory is not like it use to be but I really can’t remember every password I need to gain access to my bank accounts, the parts store, email account, department stores, etc. Not only do you need to have an ID and password, sometimes you’re asked security questions as well.

Yet with all the security in place by using passwords, you often hear of someone’s account getting hacked. It doesn’t give a person a lot of confidence does it?

There was an Arabian Nights story titled Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in which a special password was needed to gain entrance to a cave and treasure within. Ali’s brother found out Ali knew the special password and decided to go to the cave himself. While Ali’s brother knew the magic words to get into the cave, he couldn’t remember the words to open the cave entrance to get back out once he was inside and he ended up being trapped and killed by the thieves. This story reminded me of the use of passwords in our modern world. I think Ali’s brother should have written down the secret passwords he needed.