- 13 passwords for different computer/phone-type accounts (Blackberry,Twitter, WordPress, Skype etc).
- 20 passwords for accounts with professional associations, companies I do business with etc. Inexplicably this list includes 2 usernames for different bits of the Business Link site, each with its own password, oh, and a 12-digit government gateway ID.
- 9 house-related accounts – utilities companies, banks, insurance company etc, and
- 5 other accounts – which aren’t even mine, I just keep track of them for the children
The pain of setting them all up has faded with time, but I know some of them have separate usernames attached, some of them don’t, all of them have passwords – memorable, unguessable, mixing upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols to a dizzyingly complex degree.
And when they work it’s fine.
And when they don’t and you spend, as I just have, 15 sodding minutes going round and round the cycle of failing to log in, resetting the password, re-entering the new password and the screen continuing to do that bloody annoying little sideways judder that’s probably supposed to be cute, but that tells you that you’re going nowhere, how in the name of all that is holy do you prevent yourself from smashing a shoe through the screen?