New and Dopey Password Setting Rules

Password Fracas at Omnis 616x246

The formats of passwords have recently become a lot more demanding and the organizations forcing us to have passwords have made us run a truly nasty gantlet (look it up!). The nastiness seems to be a recent phenomenon, perhaps a result of all the major hacking attacks in the last few months. One of the latest dirty tricks is to provide two boxes, one for entering the password (which blanks out your entry) and another for confirming it (which also blanks out your entry), as well as a third alternative of letting the organization create the password for you. As you make the first entry, you get nasty comments that your password is not strong enough, forcing you to make changes until you have satisfied the demand. Even if you have carefully noted the approved password, by now it is a challenge to enter it exactly in the confirmatory box. And people are now finding that, in fact, these organizations do not want you to select your own password, and you MUST let the organization chose one for you. It is not the end of the world, but (a) if you have your own system for creating passwords you will NEVER succeed in getting one, and (b) why bother to offer to let you create your own?

Honorable Contributor: Wild Bill

Google’s Phony “Privacy Checkup” and Dopey Ad Relevancy Checkup

To paraphrase the song Orange Colored Sky (popularized in 1950 by Nat King Cole and revived by Lady Gaga in 2010), “I was surfing along, minding my business, when out of a Google-colored sky, Flash! Bam! Alakazam! “Privacy Checkup” came by”. Actually, it was not love (Cupid) that came and hit me in the eye, but more accurately that old devil Advertising. After a brief display of what Google knows about me (not very much and not very accurate, which baffles me because I have done so many transactions starting with Google searches and have been a member of Google+ for nearly two years), the tone of their mission shifted very quickly from something that might have benefitted me to something that essentially only benefits them: “Make ads more relevant to you”! But that old devil’s aim was faulty, and his English was even worse, as he couched it in gibberish doubletalk: “Please note that you will still see ads after opting out – they’ll just be less relevant.” What !!?? Opting out should mean I would NOT see ads, no? And why would either Google or I want to see less relevant ads? Does Google need a healthy dash of adult supervision?

Honorable Contributor: Wild Bill