Remember when “Password” was just a game show?
“Password fatigue” is an epidemic – not as serious as Covid-19, but wildly prevalent nonetheless, with almost 300 people responding to our poll (you can still take part, below). Thanks to all the readers who offered their own solutions, from writing them down (39 percent), to apps (9 percent) to using their devices’ systems (7 percent). I can sympathize with the 14 percent of readers who didn’t subscribe to websites or go to events because of password hassle…and most of all with the 31 percent of respondents who admitted they have trouble with passwords no matter what.
To recap, if you want to delegate password management, here’s a good roundup. At last count I have 20+ passwords and one more just joined the count. Are we having fun yet?
And a special thanks to the people who wrote in and shared their nominees for Most Frustrating Password Experience; insurance companies, telecom companies and the IRS got special mentions. Let us know in the comments if you’d like to share your nominees for Most Annoying Password Situation and we’ll do a follow up Open Thread on the biggest offenders.
Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at email@example.com.