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Apr 28, 2016

The world of usernames and passwords is quite simple for some people. Choose both, and stick to them(1); don't change them unless you have to, and your life will be easy peasy. Most people I know, however, have a love-hate relationship(2) with the two words. First of all, it's easy to forget a password, especially if you haven't written it down somewhere, or if you've forgotten where you wrote it! Secondly, to reset(3) your password often requires a process of getting into a secondary email, which, again you need a password for. Now this isn't really difficult, until you find that some on-line companies require a password with letters, numbers, and special characters, like an exclamation mark, or a comma, but other companies don't require a special character. So, what do you do? Your ingenious plan of having  the same password for all of your on-line activities is ruined. One or two of them will have to be slightly different. Will you remember which accounts they are? Perhaps you can make them memorable like: 'Ihatepasswords99!'  or 'Passwordsareapain22*'. Unfortunately, it is totally necessary to make good passwords for our own security. I have to be more creative than 'anna123'; that just isn't secure enough. Another problem with them is that often one is needed immediately by someone in the family, which makes you automatically forget it. Once, when I was visiting my father in England, my son texted me from the U.S, wanting to know the password for his Minecraft game. It was three o'clock in the morning. Passwords can't wait, you know. 

1. 'To stick to something' means to not change your plan, idea, or situation.

a. We've accepted the offer on the house, and we're sticking with it.

b. Our company is going through a difficult time, but I'm sticking with it.

2. 'A love-hate relationship' is one which involves both emotions, or one in which you enjoy hating something.

a. I have a love-hate relationship with my car; I love having a car, but it causes me endless problems.

b. He and his neighbors have a love-hate relationship; they enjoy annoying each other.

3.'To reset' means to reprogram, or start back from the beginning.

a. I will reset my alarm clock as I have to get up extra early tomorrow.

b. I forgot my itunes password, so I have to reset it.