As best I can tell, I have about 40 accounts that require passwords. Some of them require regular password changes. Some I only have to change occasionally.

My brain is a little bit bigger than a large apple. It is full. I have decades of information stored away in my brain waiting for something to activate it.

Of the 40 or so passwords, I can remember five or six. I don't want to remember any of them. In a perfect world I would not have to have any passwords.

Having been locked out of accounts more than a few times, I try to keep my passwords simple. Something like gbpassword should be all I need, but it is not. Now when I try to use simple passwords, internet security people roll their eyes and wag their finger, admonishing, "No. That password is bad. Bad. Bad. B!a&d1234!"

I am pretty sure I had the password "gbpassword" once. I may have used it for years. That was before all the special characters were required and we went to changing passwords every time we sneezed. Now passwords are a bit more complicated. For one of my accounts I get in by typing something like, "gGPass%Word1984." Security people like that. They would prefer the password was more like B*!LLLarf^CaP1730892564!62, but live with the simple version. They don't want to make things too complicated.

I am terrible at remembering passwords. Sometimes people find me staring blankly at my computer, paralyzed because I cannot remember my password. I won't ask for help until the worst happens and I get locked out, because I am embarrassed. I have my pride.

I don't remember exactly when it started, but at some point instead of being able to use gbpassword1, gbpassword2, mygbpassword1 or mygbpassword2, we were required during regularly scheduled password changes to not use anything similar to a previous password, use at least one capital letter, preferably two or more, special characters like *, %, #, and numbers. The numbers should not be your birth date, the last four digits of your phone number or your street address. I am guessing the reason for this change was that there was concern about secret cabals of hackers working out of warehouses in some country we have never heard of, looking to break into accounts and steal information. I understand that. I was not born yesterday. I know there are bad things in the world, but the new passwords are annoying, and impossible to remember.

But as I said, my brain is full. It has to remember where I left my car keys, put my wallet, stored my office pass, my wife's birthday, my anniversary, where I buried the cat, and many other things. It doesn't need new passwords added every few months. Still, I deal with it. I put up with the inconvenience to keep America safe. When I get locked out, I just turn to technology people. They are our defense against the dark arts and the challenges of getting into an account we are unable to get into because we could not remember a simple password like Darth!!!Vader666!OMG!

I have tolerated the annoying, time-wasting, long and weird password stuff. I am a patriotic American. I want the internet to be safe.

I emphasize the word tolerated. I only tolerated them because I was sold on the idea that they were needed. I have a pretty good idea what would happen to a person who is hacked. It would be B^D, very bad.

I say I didn't mind, but now I am highly annoyed, thanks to a story in the Wall Street Journal. According to the story, the guy who wrote the paper that recommended the crazy-long, and impossible to remember passwords now says that all those special characters, and changing passwords every month or so, were unnecessary. He really said that. The article further noted that long, easy to remember phrases like "ilikecatsbecausetheyarespecialevenwhentheyclawme," are the way to go. Not "iL!kE&cAt$EVEn@wHen%THeY*ClaW#Me123456789." The special characters and other stuff are not necessary, according to the Journal, which I should mention is a pretty credible source.

This is all backed up with data. The calculations show that the hacker's grandchildren would have been dead for a century before the password using a long phrase is hacked. It would probably take just a few days to hack Darth!!!Vader666!OMG! I am hoping this is true. I am tired of trying to remember all the crazy numbers and relying on scribbled notes squirreled away in my wallet as reminders of the passwords I need.

I just want to use something easy, something I can remember that is difficult to hack like, "thequickbrownfoxjumpsoverthelazydog."