How do you feel when others trust you with their passwords?

Trust another with your passwords? - A picture of a password screen. Photo source: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1228/594281225_9b756a29f3.jpg?v=0 .
Singapore
December 6, 2007 4:11am CST
Honored? Flattered? Fearful? What? I don't know. You tell me. :P Recently, I have a dear friend at myLot who trusted me with her password. In a way, I feel good because she trusts me enough not to abuse her trust. In the past, there were other occasions too when I have been trusted with such sensitive information. To me, it is a big thing. I am a somewhat paranoid person so I find it hard to trust my passwords to another. I don't even write down any of my passwords. What about you? Have you ever trusted another with your passwords? Has another trusted you with their passwords? How do you feel about this whole issue? Do share your thoughts. =)
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• United States
6 Dec 07
i don't write down any of my passwords either. i don't like people knowing them although recently i let me sister know my password for a couple of sites. i too think it's a big deal if someone tells me their password for a site or for anything else. to me it means they trust me with stuff that they don't trust almost everyone else with. it's nice.
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Yup, a big deal of trust.;)
@cefaz_21 (2596)
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
I would feel honored..:) just like you, password is a big thing for me, and to be entrusted with someone's password is quite flattering..It means they trust you that much. I have not given anyone my password too.. And so far the only person who have entrusted me his passwords is my husband..hahaha!
• Singapore
6 Dec 07
*wink*
• Singapore
7 Dec 07
Yup yup, if possible, let the person know what you did too.:)
@tryxiness (4547)
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
I would feel lucky perhaps coz trust is something that should not be abused. I would feel special in a way since why the heck is she/he revealing such top secret to me. But I have to take good care of the trust I guess. :P
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Yup, don't abuse it.:)
@Ravenladyj (22907)
• United States
6 Dec 07
My husband and I had each others passwords for our computers but we both changed them and havent updated each other LOL....We do have each others passwords for things like my Canadian bank account, his debit card and things like that though. I also have all my kids passwords and I demand that from them but thats only common sense ya know... As for friends, I've only one or two friends who've given me their info and though I think its odd since I wouldnt give anyone mine, I know that they trust me and i guess its a little flattering ya know. Of course we've been friends for yrs too...
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@patgalca (17528)
• Orangeville, Ontario
6 Dec 07
Actually, my kids don't have the password to log onto the internet. I don't want them going online when no one is home. I want to be able to supervise their activities.
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Seems that both of you prefer to have a little space to relax. Nothing wrong at all. Geez, wouldn't demanding pass from your kids let them think you don't trust them?
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6 Dec 07
I'm like no thanks and forget them instantly.. Of course that's after saying "I don't really want to know, thanks anyway".. the only password of someone elses I know is kates and lets say I'm the one who tells her what it is when she forgets... Other than that I stay away from it, mainly due to the reasons if they're thing gets hacked and your assumed to be the only one with the password... nothing but trouble... ~Joey
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Or is it - can't keep a secret so rather not have it? :P
@whyaskq (7524)
• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Mixed feelings depending on why I was given the password and the nature of the account. Honored if the password was entrusted to me suddenly for safekeeping. Flattered if the password was entrusted to help carry put a transaction with the account. I would be fearful if a stranger gives me a password out of the blue even for safekeeping. As for giving password to another, complete trust in the person is definitely one factor :p
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Wow. Stranger giving you a pass for safekeeping? Sounds like a story book tale.:P
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@subha12 (18443)
• India
6 Dec 07
I feel honoured. i was once given pw by someone who used to tell me he loves me. But it was to take advantaghes from me. I trusted him and never broke his trust. But he behaved very badly with me later.
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Sorry to hear that.:(
• United States
6 Dec 07
A couple of my friends have trusted me with their passwords for different things and reasons in the past. I feel honored and privileged when some one does that.
• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Yes indeed.
@casper20 (1463)
• India
6 Dec 07
of course i was honored & flatterd when one of my friends trusted me with her password.But now if any body does that again,am not sure whether i'll feel the same way.What happened was that due to some virus or some error(i donno),some of her friends started getting spam mails in her id. Unfortunately i was the main suspect :D So am now a lil fearful :D I wont give my password to anyone other than any one in my family (that too if it is a critical situation :D)
• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Oh mine... that must have been terrible...
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@casper20 (1463)
• India
6 Dec 07
yes it was...
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
:(
@charms88 (7538)
• Philippines
8 Dec 07
Wow baby, how nice to hear that!!! Your charming nature must have prompted her to share her password. "grin" I have friends who entrusted their personal passwords online and offline and it flattered me to no end. They have a reason for taking me into their confidences and I never once took advantage of it. Being a privy bunny, I don't normally gave away my passwords not unless there is a need. I used different passwords and everything is recorded right here in my brain. Only 2 people knew all my passwords and they are my little bunnies. In a way, I like to show them that I trust them enough not to abuse it. It is also my tactic to show them that they should never keep any secrets from me. =)
• Singapore
8 Dec 07
You are back? You didn't receive my smses last night?
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@charms88 (7538)
• Philippines
8 Dec 07
Hi baby, I received your SMS and replied back the following morning. I SMSed a long message for you. Did you received it???
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• Singapore
9 Dec 07
No.
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• United States
6 Dec 07
So far I have never given my password out for fear that someone will abuse it..lol! Im paranoid what can I say. I have had a few friends entrust me with their passwords, but usually it was to fix their accounts because they messed something up. I always tell them feel free to change it afterward if you like. I dont really see any reason why anyone would need anothers password to anything unless the person was going out of the country that didnt have the internet. Highly doubtful that many places like that still exist..The only person that has my passwords online is my husband and he could care less. I trust him obviously. He also has my pin number for my credit/debit card and an extra card in case of emergencies...He hasnt ever used it so I think we are good there. I guess I just dont see the point in having someones password to any of their accounts online..I mean are you checking mylot for them or are you playing on their myspace? lol...There just isnt a reason to have it. Like I said unless it was an emergency..Have a great day!
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
If I need someone's password to help them fix a problem, I will usually ask for the password to be changed first before giving to me. Either that or I will ask if it is really ok to give me the password. Then I will also tell them too to change it later. Ideally... if you can't trust your own family, who else can you trust?
• Singapore
6 Dec 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
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• United States
6 Dec 07
exactly! And yeah if they want to change temporarily before hand I am totally okay with that. : )
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@lynboobsy11 (11337)
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
Of course I will be flattered that she trust me about telling me something that is a secret to her. I have a best friend that she also told me the pin number of her ATM at first I don't really want to accept coz I don't want to be responsible of in case anything may happened to her money. But in another way around I also help her, if she can't withdraw a money she ask me to do so.
• Singapore
7 Dec 07
Money matters are sensitive matters...
@makatas (1098)
• Greece
6 Dec 07
I would feel honored, but knowing someone else's password isnt something unimportant.I should be able to keep the persons trust and be careful not to lose i, misuse it accidentally or anything like that.I have been trusted many passwords, and i can say that the strongest emotion isnt honor, but responsibility.It makes me feel quite bad to know that i have been entrusted sth important. At those occasions, i try to hand my password too, to the one who entrusted me his.
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• Singapore
7 Dec 07
Well actually, when I asked that question, I was thinking more about giving the password when there is a need.
• United States
6 Dec 07
I have also been entrusted with passwords to take care of certain accounts for internet friends that go on vacation. It makes me a bit apprehensive. I worry while the person is gone if something should happen to their account that I will blamed for it. I can hardly wait until they come back to take back the responsibility. I just had a friend entrust me for a month with her account that had to be logged into each and everyday. It was stressful :( I am glad she is home and I hope she changed her password..lol
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Yup... it's quite scary if something goes wrong during your care.:(
@wolfie34 (26772)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec 07
All my passwords providing they are not numbers are in my head, the ones with numbers I have to write down but I write them in a way that they cannot be used if found by anyone else, although I haven't got much to worry about now. My ex used to trust me with their passwords ONLY because they were hopeless at keeping records and being dyslexic too relied heavily on me, so I didn't feel flattered I felt put upon, because my partner would use all of their disabilities as an excuse but that, as they say is a different story. I don't like being trusted with information as sensitive as passwords because if something goes wrong and it's not your fault you can't help but feel you are being blamed or could be blamed!
• Singapore
6 Dec 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Cryptography, eh?:P
6 Dec 07
I am always very careful to keep my passwords a secret from everyone, particularly on sites like eBay. So I was quite flattered when my partner gave me his passwords and, in all honesty, a little worried too. It is a big responsibility really, after all, I could go on a huge buying spree with his passwords and he wouldn't be any the wiser when the bill arrived. But it is a matter of trust, and he trusts me as I trust him with my password.
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
I thought most couples share passwords... no?
@bluishrose (2289)
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
I feel flattered and at the same time powerful! Flattering because i know he/she trust me completely and kinda superior because i have the access on his personal infos or accounts.
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• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Careful there. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
• China
6 Dec 07
If me,i will fell extremely lucky and is happy.I thing you are also same...
• Singapore
6 Dec 07
And run to buy lottery? :P
@almajoes (53)
• United States
6 Dec 07
Wow. I guess they are not thinking at all. Some people will use such information against them. I sure wouldn't.
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@poohgal (6845)
• Singapore
6 Dec 07
Hmm.. I have been trusted with that sensitive information on a few occasions before too. I am someone with a good memory. I remember most things people tend to forget =P However, when it comes to remembering passwords, I tend to forget it after the purpose of giving it to me is served. I guess I do not feel comfortable knowing the passwords of others and this discomfort caused me to subconsciously forget these passwords (even though I am someone with good memory) I am as paranoid as you are. I do not write down my passwords too. Since I am someone with good memory, I do not need to write them down to remind myself =P
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• Singapore
7 Dec 07
You have a good memory? Then you must be a chao mugger right? Hmm.. do camels have good memories too? But I digress.:P
@poohgal (6845)
• Singapore
7 Dec 07
Camels? Why are you comparing me with a camel? -.-" Me chao mugger?! Hmm.. Maybe? =P But I'm sure many friends of mine will beg to differ..
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• Singapore
8 Dec 07
Don't you know camels can drink a lot of water?