Things are getting worse. In the last couple of weeks, several websites I go to have informed me that I need to change my password. And I can no longer use the same general family of passwords that I have used in the past. Typically, my passwords have been a version of a certain set of numbers/words, with "1234" added to the end in the event that it needs to meet some length requirement. But now different websites are implementing new and different password requirements.
"It can't look like your username or real name" (so the letters McK are out of the game)
"It must use a special character but no more than one special character"
"It must use two or more special characters plus a number that is not in your phone number or date of birth"
"It must be 15 or more characters long!"
Oh, man this is just getting to be too much for me to handle. I can't remember all this stuff any more!
And the stupid website I go to to check my pay stub, that password is only good for like 60 days and then I need to change it again! And it can't be similar to any of my last FIFTEEN passwords! Just to look at my little pay stub on the internet!
And in order to change it, I have to answer like SIX security questions. Luckily, I made the answer to all the security questions "givl this djoy!" so I con't have to remember the name of the first street I lived on (what" the first street I lived on? Do they mean Stafford Road? Because I don't remember the name of the actual first street I lived on! HOW WILL I ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF I MYSELF DON'T EVEN KNOW THE ANSWER?)
It's not even like I have a life that's so excitong or lucritive that somebody else would even want to steal my identity!
Can you imagine the lurking thief, browsing identities, trying to pick the perfect one to steal. "Oh, look at this guy, what a catch! Government job, sensible car, rarely-viewed blog, bifocals. Now THERE'S someone who is living the type of life I want to steal!"
I don't know if it's worth it any more...