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Bloviating Zeppelin: Usernames and Passwords

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Usernames and Passwords


[Sorry: Politics kicked aside for today. -BZ]

I think I'm done.

No; I know I'm done.

Everything, everywhere, requires a "username" and a "password."

Everyone and everything, from grocery stores to bookstores, additionally, want you to sign up for their individual "cards." I don't have a key-ring or a wallet large enough. Nor am I going to get one.

I'm done. No more information or cards or usernames or passwords unless I ABSOLUTELY have to have one, say, for my credit card provider. And I blast RADIO SHACK for starting this bullshit. Even when paying cash, years ago, they would require a phone number or a zip code. Which is why I STOPPED purchasing ANYthing at RADIO SHACK.

I'm done with, for starters, blogs that require a username and password. If I don't already read you and already have one of those with you, then I'm deleting you in my The Usual Suspects blogroll. I'm just done.

I'm not just at "threshold" -- I'm beyond threshold.

I'm username'd and password'd and card'd OUT.

And -- of course -- you absolutely cannot use the same username or password from one site or blip or blog from one to another or you're going straight to Hell. Because, naturally, the sites simply won't let you do that. Here is essentially what each and every site would want for your password:

845JNVNMVBP-Q989IEHYFN VHkevnqp-8oenbn v-p84jmkbmqw-89e4nngv0q87njl.b-7NVH679039W3Ghvpq8vnn8884

Some sites might even think this a "weak" password.

So go ahead. Try to remember that crap.

I reflect my philosophy on my own blog.

Trolls make me, now and then, go on and off Comment Moderation. But, because I HATE word verification, you won't see me forcing you to trudge through that inane bullshit.

So, to those of you whom I've deleted or to whom I will no longer read and/or comment: sorry. But life is already too terribly complicated for me. If I can't figure your site or comments out in five seconds, I'm gone. I don't have that many years left. No one's site is worth my frustration. I'm just a: curmudgeon. Admitted.

I've actually gotten to the point where I have to carry a small notebook around with me which is alphabetically tabbed and contains NOTHING but usernames, passwords, addresses, URLs and phone numbers of the essential agencies and sites in my life.

Finally:

How do YOU handle all this burgeoning username and password garbage? How do you frigging COPE?

Or do you even try anymore?

I'm at my wit's end. What about you?

BZ

9 Comments:

Blogger mrchuck said...

No problem for me.
If there is TOO much security to get in,,,,,well, I say fuck them,,, I'm gone,,,,,mc

Tue Jun 26, 05:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

MrC: I understand the need for some amount of security. . .

But when things surmount my immediate ability to enter:

Toast.

BZ

Tue Jun 26, 06:34:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ∞ ≠ ø said...

Try this. This is something to own stock in. One password, all your stuff is available from forum to forum, email notifications, photo and YouTube attachments (my favorite), comment ratings,... works with blogger (so they say, don't know that yet.)

All in all a very cool interface

http://disqus.com/

Tue Jun 26, 07:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Right Truth said...

I don't use comment moderation (yet) but I must use the "captcha" option, and eve then I get spam comments.

I saw where one of my hubby's friends on face book said that she "had used the same password for everything for years and years". That's scary.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Tue Jun 26, 08:39:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

+1 on Mr.C... sigh... I'm 'required' to have strong passwords at work, and it drives me nuts...

Tue Jun 26, 10:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Leticia said...

I personally hate word verification and I have tried to delete it, but for some reason it still comes on my comments page. I'll try again. Because I have a heck of a time deciphering them.

Nowadays, it's all about passwords and user names, which is why I refuse to go to Twitter or anywhere else. I keep with what I use in a little black book. Otherwise I couldn't keep with them all.

My main ones are FB, Gmail, Blogger, my bank and Avon and Amazon. Otherwise, I refuse to do all that crap all over again in another website.

I am with you 100%

Wed Jun 27, 03:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

I actually almost got banned from Harbor Freight in St. Louis many years ago. They asked for my zip code and phone #, I told them it was against my religion to give out that information, the clerk told me I "HAD" to give it to her or she couldn't ring me out. Okkkkkkaay, manager came over said they needed my info, I told him my religious principals prohibited me from giving them that information. I started it as a lark, but when they kept insisting on it it got my back up. The manager actually called the local PD, and who showed up? Only my boss, who owned the security company I worked for as was/is a LT for the local PD. They bum rushed him and tried to have me removed from the store, he gave me the stink eye, ut listened to them, then came over and asked me what the deal was. I told him what was up, then he told them that under the US Constitution they could not ban me, have me removed or any other such thing, and that they needed to changed their policy or the city prosecutor would contact the state AG. I understand Harbor Freight changed their policy shortly afterward. But how many people just blindly gave over their personal information?

Wed Jun 27, 03:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Tom King said...

The secret is to have a pathetic credit score, no money and nothing worth stealing. Then when they steal your username or password, they can't get anything. If they make a fake credit card, cashiers just cut them up. Loan officers laugh at them and nobody can make you pay since you don't have anything anyway.

That's my security strategy.

Thu Jun 28, 12:30:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

My response is usually along this line. "Your policy will cause a hassle for me, but the loss of my business for you."

Thu Jun 28, 11:21:00 AM PDT  

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