Back to Room 132. Back to passwords. LeMasney suggests making our WordPress password as strong as possible.
“Why?” I ask. “We’re not protecting a financial site here. It’s only a blog.”
Only a blog?
He is shocked. If the password is weak, he explains, the blog is vulnerable — to the jealous, the malevolent, the meddlesome. Someone could take it down!
Actually, it would be no great loss to the world if someone took down ten pieces of homework captioned “Learning to Blog.” However, I am willing to try to protect my all-too-mortal prose for as long as possible.
These are the three “How to Create A Website” rules for “strong”:
1. Eschew phrases like “Jack and Jill.” (That one may merit a “duh.”)
2. Substitute a number — for example “2” — for a given letter — such as “u.” (Better yet, two numbers for two letters.)
3. Insert at least one sign — perhaps “$”? — in each part of the password.
To which I suggest one more rule:
4. Try to remember your new password.
That last rule is not so easy. Think of all the passwords you have, each with its different requirements.
Here’s a quick review of some of mine: (a) The bank ATM: Only four numbers or letters; (b) The investment bank where most of what I have is stashed: Five to eight letters or numbers, but must include at least one letter or number, and don’t forget to change it every six months; (c) the New Yorker app on my iPad and iPhone: my email address. (But I have three. Which one did I give?)
Then there’s my Apple ID; the password for the non-smart cell phone I tried to give to my dear man after I bought the iPhone; my reduced-fee Metro card password, which I have completely forgotten, with the result that when I go to New York I have to buy a regular price Metro card despite being hugely over the age when the price gets cut in half (if you can remember your password). Not to mention the passwords for all the credit cards, Amazon Prime, Abe Books. Etcetera, etcetera.
Surely you have similar problems yourself.
And if you write down all those passwords and user IDs and answers to special questions, such as “the name of your favorite pet,” designed to make sure you are you — if you write all that down in a special little notebook, with a real pen, and remember to change what needs changing every six months, you will probably have misplaced the little notebook by the time you need it.
Now here comes yet another password — to get me on at WordPress. Little notebook, where are you? Not in Room 132. I copy the new password down in the notebook I brought to class, which is not the little password notebook.
I’ll just have to copy the new WordPress password all over again in the little notebook when I get home. If I remember.
And can find it.
But guess what? We’re finally ready to blog!