Car Parking in the Digital World – Is it Really Any Simpler?

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Have you had the experience of paying for parking in a public car park of late?

A car park where your spare change no longer has any use?

The changes in the digital world mean that keeping loose change in your purse is no longer the norm – having a mobile phone with the ability to download an app is now the new way in which to pay for your car parking.

What’s the problem you may be thinking, it is all about moving along with the digital world and embracing the changes around us.

In reality this is how the world of the car park app really works.

I was running late to catch a train as I had been caught in traffic on the way to the station. It was therefore tight by the time I arrived in the car park as to whether or not I would make the train, with minutes to spare, I figured if I parked got my ticket and ran, I could make it.

That was the plan until I arrived at the parking machine. A huge notice that it only accepted coins and in exact change. I rumbled in my purse and was just short of the amount I needed for the full days parking which I needed. (Don’t prices go up, I had enough on my last visit).

The only other way to pay for parking was by using the app. This meant I had to first download the app set it up and then I could pay.

Of course this all takes time.

Time that I did not have at that moment.

The other alternative was to call an automated telephone number where you could set it up using the push button system.

If you have had the joy of these. Press 1 if you wish to park your car, Press 2 to enter the car park number, Press 3 to enter the number of hours.

Then just my luck this service had linked my old car registration number plate and there was no number option to enter a new number plate.

I was unable to use the telephone service to pay for my parking and there was no option to speak to a person. There are times when the digital world can be hugely frustrating and this was one of them.

I stood there watching my train departing from the station.fast-train

Thank you, digital technology, you have really not made my life any easier making me pay for parking by using an app?

Have you had a similar experience in the car park?

Has it made it been difficult for you to park?

Share your experience’s in the comments below.

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Whilst helping you find your calm in the digital noise

So you can simply live your digital life

Because there is another way!
The Digital Mum spreading the word about the Digital Lifestyle
Whilst helping you find your calm in the digital noise
So you can simply live your digital life
Because there is another way!
The Digital Mum

 

Password Overload  – Are You Sick and Tired of Trying to Remember Your Passwords?

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Do you ever feel Password Overload?

That weariness when you are asked time and time again to register at each new site with a new password you visit, simple things like when you wish to purchase a train ticket or buy a new dress online.

It seems that our lives are controlled by passwords – for email, Facebook, You Tube, banking, shopping etc. The list is endless and each one asks for your password in a different format.

Upper case. Lower case. Numbers and random characters. Minimum of 9 letters. The list goes on.

How do you remember your passwords?

How do you even come up with creative passwords, strong passwords that you can recall at that crucial point when you need them.

I remember when I first started out online, back in the day.

I tried to develop a system that would enable me to remember and have different passwords for each site.

I kept a spreadsheet of all the sites I travelled to and all my passwords.

Sometimes there was a different username format so I would also have to keep a record as this was as changeable with each site.

Some ask you to create a username and others request your email.

Eventually, I was left with a huge pile of usernames and would then write my passwords (in a code of course), even I am not so stupid to write them out in full and leave them lying about in the password spreadsheet for all and sundry to access the details of my life.

I ended up with this huge spreadsheet all in a code  – and that’s when Password Overload started to set in.

Each time I came to a site that I hadn’t used in a while, I had to get out my trusty spreadsheet, try to find the site amongst the spread sheet.

Frankly, it was a bit of a nightmare to say the least and it didn’t feel safe travelling with my trusty password spreadsheet.

I would have recurrent dreams that someone would get their hands on it, decipher my code and  unlock all my Facebook secrets.

How do you come up with strong passwords?

I know when I receive computer generated passwords that look like this TReW£%ff3GG  or like this 456bgf%HHn

That is just as useless to me as my bikini on a winters day.

Heck who can remember passwords like that?

Then on the other hand, some folk’s email addresses contain a lot of information about them, like their date of birth or year of birth.

This is really not a good idea people. If your email or usernames look like that –  please stop. Go change your email now to something basic and plain. P.S. Using your children’s names is not a good idea either.

When email first started, people would have unusual email addresses that they would make up. Thinking this would make them sound cool.

My daughter in her teens had come up with madbadcow ( I know !) it didn’t sound so cool anymore when she started needing to apply for jobs and university!

People are becoming more sensible about their choice of email addresses. Your email address is how people contact you, you don’t want it to be difficult with upper and underscore, too many numbers and or weird words in it. Be simple – leave the creativity for your passwords, that is what you need to keep secure.

Let’s get back to the Password Overload.

After struggling for a long time, it was a real chore keeping a check on all my passwords and usernames until I found LastPass.

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LastPass has totally changed the way I log on and save my passwords.

I just wish I had found it much much earlier.

Lastpass even allows you to create passwords at random and store them.

Now I have to admit, I was a bit sceptical at first. I didn’t want to give another program control over my passwords. What if it forgot my master password?

Don’t worry about that, here’s how LastPass works.

So How Does Last Pass Work?

Lastpass is a built in password generator.

All you have to do is to come up with a main password.

Just one password to remember. The master key to the rest of your passwords.

Once you have your LastPass master password set up then that’s it.

You can then open up all your other sites and LastPass will save all your passwords for any sites you use.

You don’t have to remember any of them.

You don’t have to remember which format went with which address.

LastPass, has taken the hassle out of Password Overload.

Give LastPass a try they have a free version which works just as well.

The Digital Mum spreading the word about the Digital Lifestyle

So you can simply live your digital life

Because there is another way!
The Digital Mum

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The Simple Guide to Launching Your Own Self Hosted Blog

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Why Was I So Lost Without my Phone?

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As I drove off my car media system tried to warn me that my phone device was disconnecting.

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I did not make the connection as to why this was until I arrived home.
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Are You Being Digitally Disturbed?

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