After the recent LinkedIn password fiasco, ‘Love and I found ourselves changing passwords to several accounts, having been a bit security-lazy (or perhaps being realistic about how many passwords we could actually remember).
Side note: I’ll have you know that the only reason I even HAVE a LinkedIn account is because my father kept pestering me with invitations, so I finally gave up and set up an account. Oddly enough, people actually want to link to me, though I really present no networking value. Maybe it’s just an addiction.
Back to the topic at hand: As we discussed our new password choices, my husband showed me an xkcd comic. If you follow the reasoning of the cartoonist (who also does some fancy math), your password doesn’t have to include strings of unintelligible gibberish to be strong. In fact, a few random words can be far more difficult to hack but also much easier to remember.
Who provides more semi-logical, utterly-memorable strings of words than a young child? Mine are forever coming up with silly phrases that quickly become inside jokes, meaning nothing to anyone but them.
To share one of a multitude of examples: After reading a book that included a reference to the cleaned-up song “Ninety-Nine Bottles of Pop on the Wall,” they began shouting, “Ninety-ninety diapers on the wall!” and giggling hysterically. Now one of them will occasionally bust out that phrase on a boring car ride or while running around the park, and it will still elicit gales of laughter. To anyone else “ninetyninetydiapers” has no meaning whatsoever. To me, it is utterly memorable.
Better yet? When your kid’s major mispronunciation of a bank or store name or an item you purchase (more than one syllable!) can become the basis for a password for that very location or purchase. What could be easier?
See—you KNEW there were lots of hidden perks to having children, and I’ve just helped you find one.