Things not to do on a train

Like many people, I was kind of surprised to read of the information and advice from Twitter about its care of our passwords.

A long time ago, I made the decision to make Twitter the centre of my digital life.  It’s easy to share content there and equally as easy to automate it to copy it over to Facebook, Diigo, and my other blog.  In a world where information is reportedly at risk, Twitter seemed to be the one stable service and I was happy with my choice.

So then comes the message that you can read in the story above and in a million or so other places on the internet.  As I write this post on Friday morning, I’m on the train headed to Toronto for a meeting tomorrow.  Like most people, I have more than one device on hand so I decided that this would be a good time and place to change some passwords and update everything.  After all, with over four hours in the same seat, it’s always nice to have something to do.

I connected to the wireless without problem and poked around until I found the spot where I could change my password and it worked manually.  Now, I use a password manager and it reported to me that it had failed.  I checked back and, sure enough, I’d lost my connection.  Geesh, I hope that I remember the password so that I could change it it if and when the connection becomes reliable or at least when I land in Toronto.

As I enjoyed looking at the fields with their sprouting crops, I kept whacking the reload key hoping for success.  Eventually, I got a bit of success – I was asked to log back in again.  Back in I go and things seem to be going well.  I think I managed to – oooh, a goose – get it saved.  Mental note; I’m going to have to really put this to the test when I get to somewhere reliable.

In the meantime, I’m writing my thoughts in this post and we’re pulling into Chatham.  Time really flies when you’re having fun, I guess.

It was interesting when I finally did get the password changed on Twitter.  Since it is my central hub, I had a number of applications that rely on it as that secure hub.  I was a little surprised that there were 48 of them though!  At Twitter’s recommendation, I did go through and deleted a few that I really didn’t use anymore.  A couple of them were even services that had gone belly up.  It was a good exercise for digital sprint cleaning.

I just need to remember to test all of this stuff when I get to a reliable connection.  Even though I think I’m reliably connected right now, WordPress keeps warning me

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Although it is a good sign that I was eventually connected well enough to upload that image!

In the old days, I would have a post-it note to remember things for me.  Hopefully, my mind and the kludge that I just went through to save it manually will suffice.

Time will tell.

Hopefully, if you have a Twitter account, you pay attention to the advice and secure your account.  And have an easier go at it than I did.

Author: dougpete

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One thought on “Things not to do on a train”

  1. I’m late responding, Doug – catching up on a cache of your posts (not up so early in the morning these days). I am still struggling to remember my new Twitter password! I tend to use a tool like Google Keep or Evernote for those quick notes if I’m not connected. They’re my digital sticky notes! (and I admit that since getting data on my phone this fall, I’ve gotten a little spoiled).

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