My work laptop has fingerprint recognition – it never asks for a password to login, I only ever access it using my fingerprint. Nonetheless, every three months I log on and I’m greeted by the message “It’s time to change your password for security purposes. Please enter your existing password.”
Now, I don’t know my password – I never use it. When I’m in the office, I hot desk, so I don’t have any drawers or anywhere to store anything, which means I don’t have the option of writing my password down anywhere secure, but since I have to be able to access it when it’s time to change it, I always email it to myself and then store that email in a folder called Reference (I don’t call it Passwords, for obvious reasons – I may be daft but I’m not stupid!).
So I go and look for the stored password and then copy-and-paste it into the box and then I create a new password, which I have to enter twice (and email to myself, natch) and then, because my password synchs everywhere, but doesn’t update automatically, I have to enter that new password again in a couple of other applications.
There’s always one application that doesn’t register the change right away (I’m not sure if that’s network issues or just the machine messing with me), so I have to restart my machine so that it updates, and then after that I continue to access everything using just my fingerprint for another three months, never using the password again until it expires. I’m sure there must be bigger wastes of time but I struggle to think of any. I think maybe it’s just technology asserting itself, building up to unleashing a dystopian future.