A Nurse With Attitude

Where Dark Cynical Humor, Nursing Issues, and Politics Seem to Merge

Passwords… hummm

 

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My password has expired today.  Unfortunately I work at a hospital that is hyper vigilant about HIPPA issues.  They work tirelessly to make the line staff keep a ten letter password with at least one capital letter and one number and one character.  Sounds reasonable to me… until you try to imagine a word that you can type with any speed and at the same time actually remember for future reference. As I said, they work very hard to make the line workers do all this effort, yet the last seven times a breach in security was some hospital administrator or physician took a laptop computer home and decided to stop by Safeway on the way to pick up some groceries.  Yep, you got it… that personal laptop  with no encryption or passwords  what-so-ever was stolen from the car… big surprise!

Anyway, to maintain my employment, and make addendums to patients medical records, I must have an encryption password that is nearly impossible to remember… then update it every few weeks.  Grrrr.

 
Message from web site:
Sorry that password has expired- you must register a new one.
Did anyone discover that password and hack my computer?
No, but your password has expired- you must set a new one.
Why then do I need a new one as that one seems to be working pretty good?
You must set a new one as they automatically expire every 30 days.
Can I use the old one and just re-register it?
No, you must set a new one.
I don’t want a new one, as that is one more thing for me to remember.
Sorry, you must set a new one.
OK, roses
Sorry, you must use more letters.
OK, pretty roses
Sorry, you must use at least one numerical character.
OK, 1 pretty rose
Sorry, you cannot use blank spaces.
OK, 1prettyrose
Sorry, you must use additional characters.
OK, 1damnprettyrose
Sorry, you must use at least one capital letter.
OK, 1DAMNprettyrose
Sorry, you cannot use more than one capital letter in a row.
OK, 1Damnprettyrose
Sorry, you cannot use that password as you must use additional letters.
OK,  1DamnprettyroseshovedupyourButtifyoudon’tgivemeaccessrightnow
Sorry, you cannot use that password as it is already being used.

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