Big Brother is bugging me. Again.
Programs and Web sites that treat you as if you were too lazy or stupid or unconscious to take good care of yourself online and try to proactively help you get better at it are incredibly annoying. I’ve written here before about the idiotic requirements various Web sites place on passwords.
This afternoon a colleague sent me a document via his Dropbox link to it. I clicked the link in the email and was given the option of directly downloading it or logging in with my own Dropbox account to have it stored online. I chose the latter.
Up pops a page that says my password on Dropbox has expired because I haven’t changed it for a while. WTF?! Where do you get off expiring my password, you busy-bodies?! I mean, suggesting that I change it because I haven’t for a while is one thing, but just flat-out barring my access because you don’t like how long it’s been since I changed my password? Out-freaking-rageous.
And what about any apps I have that are interconnected with Dropbox? Are they now going to stop working and require me to update passwords as well? Why should I do that if I’m perfectly confident in the security of my password and my data?
Sometimes, doing things just because you can isn’t a great idea. This is one of those times. Stop “helping” me.