Don't take passwords to the grave
As an ambulance whisked Jon Hansen to the hospital last year, he held tightly to his wife's hand and told her things she needed to know if he were to die.
"Write down this password," he told her. "Oh, you'll need this one, too. And you don't have this one, either."
The Orem, Utah, software salesman managed to recover from that near-fatal bout with encephalitis.
But the ambulance ride taught him a valuable lesson.
"One of the first things I did was write down all my passwords and put them in the safe," he said. "I should have done that a long time ago."
Perhaps there are secrets we all should take to the grave. But, as Hansen and others have learned, important computer account passwords are not among them.
Doug Bedell at Canada.com
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