Do We Need A Password Coordination Agency?
There is a lot of discussion out there about the injustice of bankers getting 8-figure bonuses—and I’m all for the ire (Too soon? Yes, too soon.)—but, today, I’ve got more pressing matters on my mind.
Yes, there is a new 8-figure menace on the horizon.
It seems that, once again, I must change one of my passwords. According to Westlaw, choosing a new 8-to-70-character-long password that must include uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numerals (or special characters), will result in “more security, more control, [and] more convenience.”
Perhaps for Westlaw, but what about for me?
I’ve got so many passcodes in my head (for email accounts, checking accounts, personal and work computers, wireless routers, gas, electric, cable, and telephone company accounts, retirement accounts, student loan accounts, voicemail accounts . . . I could go on and on) that I’m either constantly forgetting them or I have them written down in embarrassingly obvious places. And every month it seems like I’m forced to change one or another (usually right at the moment that I have it committed to memory).
Enough is enough. I am hereby calling on President Obama and Congress to table this whole Consumer Financial Protection Agency business (in fact, better take a breather on global climate change, job creation, and terrorism, just to be safe) and focus on creating a new Password Coordination Agency.
We’ve seen the world of unregulated passwords and it is not pretty.