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Seniors' passwords

(22 Posts)
Joan Thu 26-Jun-14 05:41:48

I just could not resist posting this:
Senior trying to set a computer password:

WINDOWS: Please enter your new password.

USER: cabbage

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must be more than 8 characters.

USER: boiled cabbage

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must contain 1 numerical character.

USER: 1 boiled cabbage

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot have blank spaces.

USER: 50bloodyboiledcabbages

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must contain at least one upper case character.

USER: 50BLOODYboiledcabbages

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot use more than one upper case character consecutively.

USER: 50BloodyBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYourAssIfYouDon'tGiveMeAccessNow!

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot contain punctuation.

USER: ReallyPissedOff50BloodyBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYourAssIfYouDontGiveMeAccessNow

WINDOWS: Sorry, that password is already in use.

besottedgran Thu 26-Jun-14 06:05:39

Love it!!

Aka Thu 26-Jun-14 06:34:22


Nelliemoser Thu 26-Jun-14 06:57:35

That's how I feel, and then I forget what the B*** thing was before I write it down grin

liminetta Thu 26-Jun-14 08:25:41

hear hear,everyone! Ive just rried to join silver surfers. Alas; Wrong Password!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shysal Thu 26-Jun-14 08:41:09


Charleygirl Thu 26-Jun-14 09:06:03

Nelliemoser that is my problem. I have forgotten it before I write the confirmation password so I have to start again.

kittylester Thu 26-Jun-14 09:07:58

I have 3 passwords that I use regularly (all 8 characters) but I have just had to produce one that only had 6 characters one of which had to be uppercase and one a number - why confused

Stansgran Thu 26-Jun-14 09:10:16

My latest password collection is using the place I went to for holiday and it really helps me to remember eg I might have gone to Blackpool this year so password is Black2014pool or 20Blackpool14. Endless hours of fun.

annodomini Thu 26-Jun-14 09:41:42

I have a folder in which I keep my passwords but haven't worked out how to put a password on that folder to keep others out of it. And how would I remember it anyway? hmm

janerowena Thu 26-Jun-14 10:14:04

Exactly! We had to resubmit financial information for DS's student loan the other week. I write all of my numbers and passwords down, DBH keeps his in a folder. He had forgotten the password. Two nailbiting days before he finally remembered the code he needed before he could find all the details. In that folder were all the passport numbers, EHIC numbers, NHI and everything, he looked a bit embarrassed when I produced the phone book with all the same numbers written down in it!

Elegran Thu 26-Jun-14 10:54:09

DH had all his passwords in a PC folder with a password of its own. I had mine, and some of the shared ones, on paper. Once upon a time I knew his master password, but when he died I realised I had forgotten it. I have had to reassemble them from incomplete lists that I had made, by guesswork from knowing what kind of thing he would have used, and in some cases just starting from scratch.

If you do use a master password, hide it somewhere in plain sight - as a fake entry in an address book for instance (but remember that anyone searching for it illegally probably knows more than you do about the places where people are likely to have hidden such things - you can't win)

gardenoma Tue 15-Jul-14 00:11:06

Absolutely cracked me up.
Still grinning

rubylady Tue 15-Jul-14 01:05:38

Just what I needed grin thank you.

MiceElf Tue 15-Jul-14 07:05:40

My son advised to me think of a song or poem which I would be unlikely to forget containing the word(s) to or for. For example:

If you go down to the woods today

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day

Then, take the first letter of each word and change the to and / or for into numerals. Thus:



All you have to do then is remember the song, but I suppose a bear key ring or summery scent might help.

Lilygran Tue 15-Jul-14 08:54:55

Thank you Joan grin. I've failed to set up an online banking thing. DH then went into the bank to transfer the cash and they said, 'Have you thought of online banking?' [snarl]

henetha Tue 15-Jul-14 10:28:50

I write all my passowords in a little notebook. But in order to keep them secure I blank out some of the letters/numbers. So it's a challenge each time I need to check a password, trying to work out my own security measures. confused.
I love that, Joan. It made me chortle out loud.

goldengirl Tue 15-Jul-14 16:59:07

I had to change my password for ebay. Oh boy, does that cause problems. Still I've saved a lot of money grin

whitewave Tue 15-Jul-14 17:02:13

Loved it!

Anne58 Tue 15-Jul-14 17:06:17

I have a little thing that helps me to remember my PIN number. I write on a scrap of paper, or even better an appointment card for the hairdressers something like "cut and blow dry, £32.75" Or a dry cleaning ticket works well too, "jacket, £12.50" Or if the numbers are less likely to look like an amount for dry cleaning or hairdressing, a supermarket receipt can be used, something like "I owe Jane £11.32"

Not much use though if your first number is a zero!

Elegran Tue 15-Jul-14 17:11:41

You could write "I've to give Jane BACK £11.30"

Anne58 Tue 15-Jul-14 17:26:45

Very good Elegran !