A self-isolating, 83-year-old grandmother, who was advised by her grandson in 1999 to use the name of her pet to remember her email password, has just been forced to buy her 73rd cat, after registering for Skype.
Families have been advised to use on-line services to stay in touch, in particular Facetime, Whatsapp and Skype, to combat loneliness during the current coronavirus lockdown.
Joan Dilworth, who lives in Blackpool, said that using the names of her pets as passwords was helping her to link to such services.
“My grandson helped me set up an email account years ago, so I could write to my sister in Australia and advised that I set my password to ‘Tigger’ so that I wouldn’t forget it and it worked a treat.”
“Then I wanted to join Friends Reunited, so I bought Millie, I think that Harry was next, he’s my library password and then Kitty for my competitions magazine.”
“Once I got used to the Internet, I was frightened that I would forget who was who, so I made them all little collars and started giving them better names. I bought a big, furry Persian next and called him Facebook1, followed by a cute tabby, Amazon1234.”
“I soon realised that I could use my pets to remember other things, for instance I was always forgetting my PIN when I went to the cash machine, but I haven’t had any bother since I went to the rescue centre for little 5634.”
“Then there are my father and daughter Manx cats, Pornhub and Elderlyswingers.com, but I’d rather not say what they are for.”
“My advice is, if you’re lonely, but worried about passwords and all that malarkey, use your pets’ names. It works a treat.”