July 17, 2013
Back in the day, when I had an 80-pound glass and steel mainframe terminal on my desk, there was only one place I had to go to change my password every month. Eventually I had access to more than one mainframe system and then I had two or three passwords, but still just one place I had to go to change them.
This afternoon I completed the bi-annual password change required by the university. The following list is all the places I needed to go to complete this one password change.
I am certainly not advocating returning to the limited technology of mainframes in the early 1980s, but there has to be a better way to manage our means of authentication than some 20 password changes in 10 locations. I'm technologically savvy. In making my list of anticipated password changes I only missed enumerating one change. How do non-technical people who have a smartphone and a table and a laptop and a desktop manage to survive this recurring chore?
Some aspects of our increasingly technological society are making life easier and better, but other aspects have only become more daunting and tedious. Hopefully there is some startup out there with a novel approach to biometric identification or password management that will remove this odious chore from our lives.