2487. Password change

Hugh had so many passwords for this that and the other that he decided to simplify it. He made a list of all his passwords (there were about twenty) and next to it he typed what program or institution they were for. For example, his online banking was violet3549 which was the name of an aunt and the street number when he was a kid. The password to his online medical records was sicksicksick. And so on.

He decided his password for everything was going to be honolulu71; Honolulu being where he met his wife and 71 being the year he was born. He would spend all of Sunday afternoon changing all his passwords to that. The first password change went well. The password to his favourite computer game was now honolulu71. It was going to be a lot easier than he thought.

The second password change prompted him with a message: Your password must have at least one capital letter. No worries! He changed the password to Honolulu71.

The third password change prompted the message: you must use at least twelve characters and one must be a punctuation mark. Hugh changed the password to Honolulu71$#.

The fourth password change came with the message: You have already used honolulu71 previously on this site. Here are some similar suggestions to choose from… Hugh changed the password to hawaii72.

This went on all afternoon. In the end he consulted an online password creating program. He copied and pasted it into every password change. Every program accepted it. It was kjfb47fngkskHowenwlvk9309009().

He forgot to write it down.


23 thoughts on “2487. Password change

              1. Badfinger (Max)

                I think everyone does…if I see someone trip and fall…I’m going to laugh… when my wife cries…I have to hold my laughter…now if someone just died…then no it’s different.

                Liked by 1 person

  1. Nitin Lalit

    A brilliant satire on technology and the burdens the internet places on us. I’ve had this problem so many times myself. Luckily I store things. This is a tragicomedy. One apt for our time. I wonder what the metaverse will bring. Actually I don’t want to find out. I’m opting out.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Don’t opt out too far! I once lost my password (this was years ago) and couldn’t get into anything. I bought a new computer and then downloaded a program on the old computer that spat out your passwords before burning up the hard drive. So I got the password and lost the computer. Thins have improved since then.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Nitin Lalit

        I don’t think I want to dress up like Darth Vader and wield a lightsaber while having a conversation with someone who owns virtual land with a digital house and cushion, and hosts parties there. It’s all mind control in my opinion. And someone was just talking about Elon Musk. I wish he’d go away and cyber implant himself. Phew the password thing sounds like a nightmare. It must have cost you a lot. And then there are the mass leaks where some creep gets your information. It’s all so frightening. In a few years time, I don’t know if there will still be WP or we’ll have to upload our consciousnesses into the blogosphere.

        Liked by 1 person


Please feel free to spout, tout, flout, sprout, pout, or simply say something sensible

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s