Ever since we bought our first Gateway computer in 1998, I have fought with passwords; they have been the bane of my existence. How on earth, I thought, is someone supposed to keep track of all those passwords on all those websites? I'd keep a notebook beside the computer and write them all down. Then I'd lose the notebook, or a page from a notebook, and have to make a new password to write down. Although I knew you are supposed to use a different password for every site, but I ignored that advice and used something I might remember on several websites; that way I could remember it without having to look it up.
If only I had used Google twenty-five years ago and searched something like, "I keep losing my passwords". About six months ago, I learned that all my passwords were stored within the browser of my computer. I imagine most of you have known this for years, but not this dummy! I don't even know how I found this out, but somehow I stumbled onto it and wondered why I didn't at least ask someone knowledgeable.
Well, there is a simple answer: I was embarrassed by my ignorance. My "someone knowledgeable" would be my daughter, Rachel. In the beginning I was asking her questions all the time, and she'd show me what to do. But she has a busy life and a job that includes working on a computer all day, and I felt bad using up her spare time so often. I decided to live in ignorance and hope my computer didn't explode. She had never complained, at least to me. I just felt bad about bothering her when she worked so hard.
Fast-forward twenty-three years. However it happened, I found out if I clicked on the word "Chrome" at the top of my Chrome browser, then clicked on "preferences", I only had to type in my computer password and it showed me all my passwords, even on sites I hadn't used in years. What a life-changer! I still had an occasional problem, though.
I use two different browsers: Chrome used to be my browser of choice, but after I went to the dark side (Apple) I decided to use Safari, the browser that comes with a Mac. However, there seemed to be some things that just worked better on Chrome, so I installed it too, and now I switch back and forth a lot. Here's another thing I recently figured out: If you change a password on Safari, that does not change the same password on Google Chrome. You have to go find your password on Safari and copy-and-paste it to Chrome preferences. I figured that out all by myself, and felt like I had discovered gold.
You see, when I learned that my browser saves the passwords for me, I began using the "safe" passwords that are a mile long with letters, numbers, one capital letter, etc., so I'm less likely to have my computer hacked. I don't have to type them out and save them on paper.
If you are wondering why I use two browsers, it's mainly because of blogs... the ones I read and also my own blog. Google owns the Chrome Browser; Blogger is also a Google product. Chrome has many features on blogs that don't even show up on Safari. If I'm reading other people's blogs, half the time I can't comment unless I'm on Chrome; I can't tell you how often I type in a two-paragraph comment when I'm using Safari, try to post it, and it won't post. On Chrome, that has never happened. Live and learn.
On the bright side, I'll be seventy-seven years old in July, and I'm still learning new things.