Friday, July 31, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things:Online forms

The online form wants to verify my identity, and it must do this in a number of ways in order to protect me with added layers of security. Like thick, soft blankets to help me sleep in comfort and space on cold winter's nights.

This particular form had to assign me a colour for my online account, and a three word screen as well as my user name and password. (I chose orange by the way.) Next there were three security questions. The first one asked for the name of my eldest nephew. This sounds like a joke, doesn't? I dutifully filled in all the spaces, and was then taken to a page called the verification page. Here, I needed to add two forms of ID. I had a choice of driver's licence, Medicare card and passport. Medicare card was an obvious choice, but it wasn't clear to me why they asked for the colour of the card. I didn't actually know they came in different colours, and I'm a little bit upset that I've only ever been offered a green one.

Are we there yet? Next, I attempted to add my driver's licence number, but it was rejected on the grounds that it had to be a nine digit number. My license number is 4 digits followed by two letters.

To cut a long story short,  I was then locked out and unable to finish. The company does not have a telephone, and their online chat service is a computer program, not a person, so I had to send them an email asking for help. They'll get back to me in five business days or so.

I think life has become ridiculously complicated, so I am going to switch off this computer, after I post this, and put on some good old fashioned heavy metal music. I'm thinking Black Sabbath or Metallica...these tough choices are the nuts and bolts of life, aren't they?

I don't know what I'm giving thanks for today. Oh, I know! My daughter passed her driver's test, so after over 120 hours of supervised driver training, she can now fly solo. Hurray!

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  1. Congratulations to your daughter! And the security things can get a bit ridiculous. Color choosing...that's a new one. :)

  2. Congrats to your daughter, my son just started driving lessons! As for the security things - everything plus the kitchen sink seems to be the order of the day. Happy weekend :)

    1. Thank you. Good luck to your son. It's usually an anxious time for parents when their children start driving.

  3. Congrats to your adorable daughter! Online security drives me crazy. I'm getting sick of dumb security questions or being told my password has to be 10 letters, upper and small case, plus numbers and symbols. Puh-lease. It's hard enough to remember my usual little 6-letter password. Have a good weekend!

  4. Here medicare cards are our social security numbers, which is a huge problem. No one wants to give it out. Changing to a different ID system (which is the only sensible solution) is too cost prohibitive, the argument goes. I'm so fed up with the whole process. Hope the music break was worth it. Love the sweet picture of your exciting day!