Password Pity

Celebrities and Socialites Can’t Remember Their Passwords, Either

"Simply tracking down the password for his Time Warner Cable modem was like 'a Bourne Identity moment.'"
 Celebrities and Socialites Cant Remember Their Passwords, Either

Poor Parker Posey (Photo: The Cinema Source)

Stars, they’re just like us: Unable to remember the plethora of gibberish passwords dictated by our countless web accounts. Of course, this is an entirely common problem, one experienced by the famous and non-famous alike. But this is also the New York Times Styles section, and talking to rich people is much more fun.

The actress Parker Posey writes her passwords on scraps of paper before promptly forgetting what website they’re for. The musician Courtney Love uses mnemonics that correlate to her favorite songs. Lawyer Olivia Kraus is outraged that security questions play favorites, like “What’s your favorite food?”

“The whole favorite thing is so juvenile,” she told the paper of record.

Betabeat couldn’t help but wonder: don’t the beautiful people flitting about the upper echelons of society have someone to remember their passwords for them? Perhaps a dedicated assistant who is paid explicitly to remember a star’s first teacher, or pet’s name, or tangle of birthdays and letters that make up a password?

Clearly, they are behind the times.

We have to give it to Sandra Burnhard though, who speaks the truth when it comes to her relationship with Time Warner cable, which she likens to “an S&M experience without the pleasure.” Plus, with Time Warner, there’s no safe word.

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