It’s Think About It Thursday!
I had an e-mail password I was proud of. It met the standards for being great—it was alphanumeric and contained both lower case and uppercase letters. It was a departure for me from using my dead cat’s name as my password. There was only one problem with it—at least two-thirds of the time I received a log-in error and had to try again.
Try to log in quickly? Forget about it. If I didn’t type the password slowly, like I was using the hunt and peck method, it failed. I don’t know if it was the capital letter that caused it, or the change-up between letters and numbers, or what. All I know is that for the last few weeks of using it, it seemed to fail more often than it worked. I cursed a blue streak because I didn’t know how to change it. My daughter finally helped me change it to something less great. I felt I’d failed at security.
My writer’s brain said some nebulous secret organization wanted a hackable password, so they made my password fail. Why did they pick on me? Did they think my novels contained state secrets or something? Or like Big Brother, were they simply watching writers? Or was it a Yahoo conspiracy of some sort? Every time I changed my password in their system they were tracking what I did, where I went, logging data on me in order to make me buy products.
My new password has failed twice since I wrote this post. Now I’m suspicious of it. Have I jinxed myself by writing about it? Or is it the conspiracy again, that nebulous organization or yahoo, having planted the “Change Password” button, which is not a real button at all. It actually goes to their site where a roomful of analysts make notes about me in a file.
See what having a writer’s brain can do to you? Have you ever made up wild and crazy stories about everyday things that happen to you?