Yesterday, for the one hundredth time, I had to look into a small notebook of passwords, which I began keeping when I retired, to find my Yahoo! email password, which I couldn’t remember. I thought it was similar to my Google email password and somewhat like my Facebook password, but I wasn’t absolutely firm about this. Then again, perhaps it resembled my YouTube password, which I thought was a lot like my Adobe Store password, which has no relation to my Seattle Art Museum password, but has a slight connection to my health care providers’ email appointment service password. But wait! Could it have been more like my Linkedin password than my Ning password? Or was it very close to the passwords for Twitter or BlogHer? I will consider these possibilities as I go on line to place an order with Amazon.com using a password similar to Yahoo’s. No, now I see that it was much closer to the one for Verizon.
At latest count I have 29 active passwords. I still remember a time when the only privacy issue I had to face involved my social security number. And now the pages are starting to fall out of my little password notebook, so weighted down is it with my secrets. Maybe I should just let them go, till I’m left with only my social security number, the one “secret code” I don’t have to write down to remember…at least for now.