I admit it. At least once a week I forget my password and/or username to at least one site or app I use. With so many passwords and usernames to remember, there's no wonder I sometimes have a senior moment. Especially with the ridiculous rules we sometimes have to follow when creating our passwords. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad for the added layers of security. But having to come up with passwords that must include a combination of upper and lower case, symbols, numbers and various word lengths sometimes gives me a headache. It's not unusual for me to forget my password as soon as I create it. And don't get me started on the security questions!
Generally, I write my passwords down and yes I know that's probably not a good idea. I'm not dumb enough to write down, say something like: Chase: password xyujtut789. Duh. I use a word association that only I know, that identifies my various accounts. The problem comes when I change my password and forget to write the new one down. I've also had a few instances where I know my password was correct but wouldn't take, so I've have to create a new one. And like I said, unless I remember to write it down, well...
I have considered using a password manager, but the thought of having all of my personal passwords housed online is scary. I understand they claim to be secure but I still don't trust them. PC Magazine has an article listing the best password managers. I'm thinking that I should at least checking a few of them out. But for now, I guess I'll continue forgetting and resetting.
Myra Faye Turner, Writer