In the early days of the internet, I (like most folks) used the same password to access every online account. A few years ago, some of those same websites started requiring that I include a number. Okay fine, but then things started getting out of hand.
Some websites would only accept my password if it was between six and eight characters. Another site required me to use a letter as the first character with numbers that follow. Other websites wanted me to mix upper and lowercase letters, and of course, include numbers.
Then came CAPTCHA, pronounced “Gotcha”, which are those strange words that I have to enter (if I can read them) to continue logging in. As if that weren’t bad enough, financial websites decided to use a “security image” as another way to keep me from logging in.
By the time I get logged in, I can’t remember the password I used…
Michael W. Kay, CPCU, AIC