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Then: Show Your ID

Now: Enter UserID

The older I get the less I seem to remember.  And yet, it seems there are more things to remember today than ever before.

Years ago, the standard questions on forms included your name, address, and telephone number (home & work.)  Some paperwork required your social security number and a driver's license.  That was pretty much it.  I've always remembered my social security number, but to this day I still don't have my license number memorized.  I mean, why?  It's with me all the time.

Today, additional questions include cell phone numbers and email addresses.  Well, that much I can handle.  It seems that my brain cells associated with that data are still functioning.    

It's remembering all those other things, like Usernames, ID's, Passwords and URLs that send me over the edge.  I'm constantly scattering papers all over the place in search of that valuable information.  Where did I put that secret code?  What's the answer to my security question?   What IS my security question?

These are important things that I'm supposed to remember.  Or at least remember where I wrote them down.  But if we‘re supposed to be paperless, why am I writing this information down on a piece of paper in the first place?  Shouldn’t they be on my hard drive somewhere?  

Being a User in this electronic age is much more complicated than when I was a User in days gone by. As child of the sixties, you can imagine what I may have been a "user" of.  

Now the term User ID refers to the name you type into that diagonal box on your screen so that you can then get the next all important question:  What's your password?  

Password.  Like saying please to an elderly relative so that she'll let you pass by.  What's the password?- my grandmother used to ask.  

But, at least, she was forgiving.  If I didn't know it, she would let me by anyway.

Now, if I type in the wrong password three times, I get a threatening message and sometimes I'm locked out from that all important site and have to resort to making a phone call.  Where I invariably get that annoying voicemail and have to try a few times to get someone who can remedy the situation.    

And by then, half the time I've forgotten why I wanted to go there in the first place.

So, unless absolutely necessary I now use the same password for everything, which my computer techie tells me is not a good thing.  And some sites won't allow my usual word.  Some want six letters, five numbers, one capital, two symbols, and the world wide rights to my life story.    

No wonder I can't remember!  How about you?

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      Justjer wrote Aug 12, 2009
    • If I had written this, it would have been exactly the way you did....which is a long way around trying to tell you that this is one I totally relate to and again,  on so many levels...Thanks....I think I’ll read it again...
      Jj



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      Lindao wrote Aug 12, 2009
    • Oh, boy, do I relate to this entry, too, Janie!  To attempt to be safe, I do come up with different passwords for nearly everything, and then have to remember them, keep track of them some other way, or deal with the logistics of getting a new one—something I had to do on one site just this morning!  I’ll often resort to the same user names, at least. —LindaO



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      Tinaf wrote Aug 12, 2009
    • Fun blog, Janie, and and remember when we also had to “show our ID” to prove we were of legal drinking age! THAT hasn’t happened to me in a while!  frown

      About remembering passwords, thank goodness for the devices that send you reminders because no matter how ardently I believe that I’ll remember the passwords I create for my separate accounts...well...not so much.



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      Tricia Perkins wrote Aug 12, 2009
    • Janie,  

      That was totally awesome. You word it just right. I do remember those days where they carded you to see if you were at the right age.  

      I have my mom’s memory which is good. All I have to do is see the number one time and that was it I’ll remember it for life. But now I am slowing down it comes with age. Espcially for me. And I have been told that if you deal with alot of pain day in and day out that has affects on you too. And I have pain 24/7 it doesn’t stop either. And I have found out that I have fibro. and carpall tunnel too on top of everything else I have. But I usually try to stay busy with my mind so I can stay sharp and on my toes some days it’s hard but most of the time I am doing ok.  

      But again you worded everything right. Keep it up girl.  

      Hugs and Prayers,
      Tricia



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      Marybeth Pitner wrote Aug 12, 2009
    • I couldn’t have said it better myself!!!frownestatic
      So true



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Aug 12, 2009
    • Boy oh boy....you hit the nail on the head..I can totally relate...bring back the simple life..telephones..notes and letters..and face to face chats...but then again..I wouldn’t know all those here and this site!!



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      Joyousone wrote Aug 12, 2009
    • Janie - Oh man do I relate to this one!  You wrote it perfectly - just the way it happens.

      Information Overload is the phrase these days.  And then that along with my “Sometimers” - well you can see where I’m at - No freakin’ where!!!!

      It’s all so frustrating and like you said, I have tons of paper notes all over my desktop.  

      Oh give me back the good old days when my mind wasn’t in such a fog and the times were easier.



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      Mary Clark wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • Janie...I agree we have a lot to keep up with these days...something our parents never had to to do.  Furthermore we live in a busy time...we want everything fast...and everyone wants things from us fast.  

      Unfortunately as we get older our brains begin to slow down. Not necessarily stop working or not sharp...just a bit slower...and then you add the electronic world with that and you now have a pretty strong cocktail.  

      I feel the same way as you some days but I sometimes wonder if my forgetfulness is not an early sign of alzheimers being that my mother has suffered with that horrible disease for over 11 years.  So I try to read everyday, do a crossword puzzle or pay some type of game online that causes me to really think....or concentrate.  

      My solution for now....write‘em down!!



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      Nara Blueeyes wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • I agree!!  All the passwords and questions to remember and I have to write them down too.  Excellent blog!!



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      Anne Lyken-Garner wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • Yes, Ha! me too. I used to try and use different passwords for different things but I’ve now given up because it’s too difficult.



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      Tuliplady wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • If I ever loose my desk blotter, I’m in trouble.  I have it under my keyboard with all my usernames and passwords written down so I don’t forget.   That all works fine until I forget to write a new one down!



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      Femmefatale wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • I finally came to grips that my memory is shot lol.  I purchased a special day planner and put all the user, password, site, and special questions in. I still often times have to rummage around as you said to locate it.
      Thanks for letting me know I am not alone out there.
      Laughing all the way.



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • I can relate to this! I could wallpaper my entire house with post it notes I’ve written on!happy



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      007pouty wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • I can relate to this so well!  I write everything down in a notebook that stays locked in my desk.  Then I have to ask my husband where are my keys?  Life shouldn’t be this hard.  Or is it just as you say our minds being overloaded.

      Very good article.estatic



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      Bethalex wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • This is becoming an issue for so many people, and it’s definitely not just age related memory issues. As others have said, I think it boils down to information overload.  

      Thankfully there are some technology aids out there.  I highly recommend finding a password management program.  Look for one with encryption built-in.  Many of them also allow you to put an encrypted copy of your username and password file on a flash drive so you can take it with you.  My favorite program is called Password Agent (Google it).  Not only does it keep 100’s of usernames and passwords for me, it also increases my online security by auto generating secure passwords.



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      Cholet wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • I have the same problem. I wonder if the new generations will have the same problem as they approach their older years.

      It’s information overload rather than a degenerative memory issue (isn’t learning and remembering and recalling new info supposed to help brain function as we get older?). There are already so many things that have to be remembered on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis. I diary everything, use post-it notes; but with passwords, they are all related to a theme or event in my life.  

      One place I worked at, every fifty times you entered your password, they obliged you to change it again, and it couldn’t be the same one you’d used in the past year. Most of us went through the names of rabbits/goldfish/cats/dogs we’d had as pets or the list of our favourite foods/actors/boyfriends etc...



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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • Justjer - You would have written the same because you’ve been with most of my life and I love that fact!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • Linda - Different password for everything would be way too confusing for me.  

      Tina - I can’t remember back that far!  

      Catsangeleyes - I’m glad you have a good memory.  Send some this way, please.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • Marybeth- Thanks for your compliment.

      Paula - I used to love writing notes and letters.  

      Joy - Yes...Information Overload, exactly.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • Maryclark - Games are great.   I play a lot of Scrabble on Facebook.

      Callie - Thanks for your compliment.  

      Anne - I started with different passwords, too.  And just like you, I had to give it up.  Too confusing.  

      Tupliplady - I used to keep phone numbers under my desk blotter.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • Femmefatale - You are definitely not alone.  

      Kandy  - I love post-it-notes!

      Pouty - Just don’t ever forget where your husband is.

      Beth - Thanks for the info.  

      Cholet - I have a place where I have to change it every three months.  So annoying.

      Thanks ladies for you comments.



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      Tturner360 wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • I thought I was the only one who has this problem. I always prided myself on being quick to recall information and now I have to think on it before it surfaces in my memory bank. tongue out



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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • Tturner - Rest assured.  You are NOT alone!



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      Pamaloon wrote Aug 16, 2009
    • Janie - how funny is this? I was just trying to comment, but forgot my userid/password and so had Fab 40, so I had to start over again! LOL! Talk about a fitting topic! Great job. Now off to change my password to something I MIGHT remember. xo



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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 16, 2009
    • Pam,

       That is too funny!  Have a great day.



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      Wendy Williams wrote Aug 22, 2009
    • Yes I always suffer from CRS and the older I get the more I cant remember.  The one thing I hope i never forget to do is laugh and smile. if that goes away just shoot me. LOL just kidding.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 22, 2009
    • I don’t think one can ever forget to laugh or smile as long as you do a lot each, every day.



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      Geralyn Schulkind wrote Aug 23, 2009
    • THANKS I needed that after about 10 attempts to get online!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 23, 2009
    • Geralyn - Well, I’m glad you finally made it here.



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