the problem with passwords

The quick start brochure enclosed with my tablet left out the most important information. I would need passwords: one to connect to a wireless network and one to set up a Google email address. First I had to get my reading glasses. (Eventually I will be able to read books with large print, but the instructions are written for 30-year-olds with excellent vision.)
The problem with passwords is that they are not useful if you do not remember them and they are not secure if you have to write them down. In some cases you may be asked to use both small and capital letters and numbers and at least one special character, and to change them periodically.
Think of password security like the physical security of your home or car. One level is to lock the door when you leave. That prevents someone from casually coming in. But someone who is determined to get in YOUR home or car can pick the lock or break a window. So, if you have valuables or live in an unsafe neighborhood, you may add an alarmed security system.
The password to receive, say, a newspaper subscription should be short and simple. You will be using it every day. Someone who “breaks in” can do you no harm–they get to read the daily paper without paying for it. A password for online banking may be more trouble than it is worth; this level is like the home security system.
In the middle is a Google password, which may be used for email or to purchase ebooks. Often the instructions insist on 8 characters, some alphabetic and some numeric. Pick something from the distant past for those days when you cannot remember your own address. For example, when I was in grade school we spent August at my grandparents cottage on Klinger Lake. So, my password might be klinger8, the digit for August. I use 3 or 4 for different kinds of accounts.
Oh, and call your network provider to get the Wi-Fi password. Some information is not worth the time it takes to memorize.

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