Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sorry.....Access Denied

Usernames, passwords, security codes, alarm codes, door codes....the list appears endless! And quite frankly, it's driving me just a bit loopy. Even if you want to order Pizza online, you require a username and password. For Pizza! Sheesh! I can't even recall how long ago all of this started but lately I have been trying to corral all of this information so I can control it better. Even credit cards now have special pin numbers you must enter so you can use your card. The reason I got the cards in the first place was so I could just sign and go! But now, you go into a restaurant or buy a purchase and the procedure is the same as if you were using your bank card. Only, it's a different number and password.

A few weeks ago, I went out to play golf. I was in the Pro Shop picking up a few other things and pulled out a credit card to pay. The guy stuck my card in the bottom of his machine, handed it back to me to enter my code and I went blank! I couldn't remember the stupid number. I've used the card, Lord knows how many times but do you think that I could remember those all important digits? Uhhh no would be the correct answer for that one! Fortunately, I yanked out another card which all I had to do was sign for it. Embarrassing.......just a little. If I want to check my bills online, I need a username and password to do so. In some instances passwords are case sensitive. So now, if I try to create a typical password, it's not always possible.

What started this you may be asking yourself? Well tonight, I was trying to pay a bill. It is a new one and so I had to enter it into the Bill Payment information section. So, even though I was already on my account page, when I tried to add this new bill, guess what they wanted me to do? You guessed it; they wanted some special pin number I was supposed to remember I had for adding payees. Frik! Don't even get me started on points cards!

I've got gas cards, video cards, grocery cards, credit cards, air miles, aero plans, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I would imagine that after using these cards for oh, say at least the past 5 plus years, that I would have amassed a certain amount of points in many of these categories. All I have to do is go online, check out how many points I have accumulated and reap the rewards for my many years of loyal patronage. Only one little problem............I can't remember my access information!


James said...

I guess it's a trade off for the incredible amounts of goods and services that are available to us these days at the click of a button.
Just wait until they start pushing the old scannable microchip in the hand.

While reading your post I kept thinking it had the makings of a funny Buster keaton type silent film. :-)

Anonymous said...

LOL! I have had the same thing happen to me - they tell you to punch in your pin and you find yourself staring at the machine like it is a foreign object, your mind blank! And I cannot tell you how many times I have kicked myself out of something by putting in the wrong code 3 or more times! But I CAN'T REMEMBER THE CODES!

Natalie said...

Oh I KNOW!!!!!!!!
That is all. :D

Michelle said...


Indeed Bogey..this is why I have the same password for everything....sigh


Amel's Realm said...

Oh need a password to order pizza???? Gimme a break!!! :-((((

lakeviewer said...

Yes, passwords and number patterns will be our new nemesis.

Lover of Life said...

It is a headache!!

Bogey said...

Too funny James...I could hear the old piano in the background already. I'm looking forward to a scannable anything. What a timesaver that would be.

You think maybe we should get them tattooed on our forearm Audrey? Easy access!

I hear ya Nat!

I've been trying to that too Michelle except some are 4 digit and others are 6 or 7 or hmmm is it 8. I give up!

Yes Amel, pretty much everything. Oh well!

I did learn something about this though Rosaria; apparently our brain functions by receiving information in increments of 4. Which is why, even though you have a large number on your credit card, it is broken up like this: 1111 2222 3333 4444. Technically you are remembering only 4 pieces of information at a time. Or something like that.

You want some Tylenol or Advil LoL?

Lori ann said...

Hi Bogey,

You sound like you need to visit! You can safely manage all your passwords here and you only need to remember one(to get in). or you could just write them down in one safe place in your wallet? i know we're not supposed to do that, but really, who is going to look in your wallet or dayplanner? Am I too trusting? I can't remember them all either ☺

Bogey said...

Hi Lori, nice to see you back. Hmmm! In my wallet...uhhh, I don't think so. With my luck, I would have a winning lotto ticket inside at the same time. I will check out that Pass Word Safe though. Thanks for stopping by.