What’s the password ?
That used to be a key question in my childhood days. It gained you special access to a secret den or a select group of friends. Not everyone new the password, that was the whole idea. But most people could guess it, because the answer was always “Geronimo !”. Still, childhood days and innocent ways were great fun.
Now in the grown up world and more thefty days, things have become darker and there are passwords for just about everything. Neither can you guess “Geronimo” it doesn’t work anymore.
For your bank card you only need to remember four numbers, which doesn’t sound too difficult and now you have contactless cards you don’t even need a number too often. Therein lies a problem, because, if you don’t use it you lose it. That’s how passwords are forgotten. You can have a try at remembering, but three try’s and your money is locked up in a vault that even the great train robbers cannot get into. Bring back “Geronimo”.
Getting a new password is not quite so easy either. You have to ring up your bank and answer some security questions to prove that you are you. The questions you gave them three years ago and have long since forgotten. They really don’t want to give you your money back in case you are trying to rob yourself.
But passwords don’t stop at bank doors. We now have passwords for many more things and “Geronimo” doesn’t work for them either. Log onto a website to buy some plants from a nursery and you have to have a six digit code to register your interest. “Geroni” should work until they tell you you need to include a number. “Geron7” ought to do the job. But it doesn’t because you also have to use a ? or a ! or even an &. So how about “Ger&r7”. Nobody is going to guess that! Nor will you ever remember it.