How Many Passwords Can Your Mommy Brain Remember?


passwordDid you log into CafeMom? Did you enter your screen name and password? Think about that password, ladies. Is it the same one that you use to access your online banking, at Old Navy, on Facebook?

Yeah, I thought so. I'm right there with ya. And that's not good, friends. All of the tech dudes, the cyber geeks that we trust on these matters, say that you need to have a different password for each place you log into.

Not only that, the different passwords have to have different characters, different numbers, different letters. And you shouldn't use kids' names, pets, hobbies, or anything else remotely easy to figure out from your life. Which means they can't be jacobbella1, jacobbella2, and so on.

Hold the potatoes, people. I can't even remember what Kiddo's dentist's name is or to take in that dry cleaning sitting in a pile by the door. How, please tell me how I'm supposed to remember 20 different passwords that have nothing to do with my life?

I was reading the article with this password info that has me all in a tizzy over at Lifehacker (which I adore and drool over many of their pieces). But get this. Its title is "The Only Secure Password Is the One You Can't Remember." Seriously? I'm so doomed.

But the gurus try to help. They suggest keeping all of your passwords in a central password place. I guess there are websites for this that are uber-safe or something. That way you only have to remember one password.

Okay, let's imagine for a moment, shall we, that I have done what they said. I have a different random password for each site I visit. And let's say I have spent time and energy entering all of them into a central password site. 

And it's 4:04 p.m. on a Wednesday. I'm on the Lands' End website getting Kiddo a new swimsuit for camp. I need to check out. I have literally 4 minutes to do this before heading to ballet class. And I forget the Lands' End password. So I go to my central password place and log in there. Then, my iPhone buzzes with a text from the sitter saying she forgot to tell me we are out of toilet paper. On the computer, I search for the Lands' End password and find it on my list. Then Kiddo says she has to pee -- and she has on her pink leotard already, so she needs help. I head to the bathroom, which has no toiler paper, and have to run to the living room to dig through my purse to grab some Kleenex for Kiddo to wipe with and get her re-dressed for ballet. I scurry back to the computer and click back to the Lands' End site.

And, yes, you betcha, I have forgotten the Lands' End password I just looked up. Oh, and my 4 minutes are way done, like 9 minutes ago.

Mommy brain is totally going to get me cyberhacked.

How many different passwords do you have?


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Tiffa... TiffanyinSF

I have 3.  One for email, one for banking, and one for everything else.  The one that's most likely to get hacked is my "one for everything else" but all that means is that you can rearrange my netflix queue so I'm not too worried.

hanna... hannahsmom238

I still use the same password for everything and it is and obvious one. I know I'm supposed to come up with something that looks like my cat took a long nap on my keyboard but that's just not going to happen. I can't remember where I put my keys half the time.

lovel... lovelymomma842

I have 3 passwords one for really important accounts like banking one for all my emails and another for everything else all of which are pretty complicated any one who hacks my accounts would either have their work cut out for them or they would be extremely lucky either way I still make sure that accounts like facebook don't allow any one to se my info I don't even post my kids on there. After all I've said it before NOTHING about the internet is 100% safe

bsawy... bsawyer84

BlackBerries have a password keeper that is VERY helpful

nonmember avatar MrNapa

I keep 1 password-protected Word document with all of my passwords--each consisting of a username/password in 10 point font, separated by a hard return. All together my passwords equal *drum roll* 56 pages. And counting.

Zyva Zyva

I have about 12 different passwords and in those about 50 variations of passwords. But I do cyber security, so It doesn't look good when the person you hire, gets herself hacked. However, sometimes, I do forget, and have to sit and remember before the x amount of tries expires. 

butte... butterflymkm

There are programs that hold passwords for you in one program that takes a super password. I think one is calle keysafe. We used to use them at my work.

Shanin22 Shanin22

I have important passwords (like for my online bank account) and one password for all the stupid stuff. Like TiffanyinSF, you could probably rearrange my Netflix queue, lol. A good trick is to pick a theme. People usually pick themes like children and pet names.... which as you've pointed out is bad. But how about a favorite book series? If you're a David Eddings fan you could use "Polgara" and "Beldaran" as passwords. Maybe a favorite TV series or movie? Obviously you don't want to pick one that everyone knows you're obsessed with (Twilight fans, I'm looking at you, lol)... but it's usually not to hard to pick a general theme that you're average friend or acquaintance couldn't guess. 

Shanin22 Shanin22

Oh and while looking at your password, it might be a good idea to check out your secret questions (used by sites to retrieve your password, should you forget). Often secret questions are insanely easy like "What high school did you attend?" or "What city were you born in?" Both of those easily answered with just your Facebook profile. Not much point thinking up great passwords if all someone needs to hack your account is your high school teams mascot.

Rose Savoie

I agree with Shanin22, those password retrival questions are really stupid, and most of them are ones that anyone could figure out, or that you don't even remember.  But I have kind of a core password with different variations depending on the security I need.

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