A confluence has occurred – time to write a post!
Wow. That’s very observant, and kind of funny (to me anyway).
So, my corporate password was expiring shortly after I read this, so I decided to change my pattern, chose three motivating words, and set the new password. Then I went to a meeting. Then I went to another meeting. That meeting slid right into our Friday afternoon bash, with pizza and beer (though I’m sure that is an irrelevant detail).
After that, I went back to work and for the life of me could not remember the first word. A co-worker brilliantly pointed out that I can VPN in to the network using my RSA key, and can thereby access the password-reset application without providing a password. It’s late on a Friday, so I put my laptop in standby and go home.
At home, I do the VPN trick from another computer and reset my password. Then, I see the flaw in my plan. The laptop is locked with the old password with a missing first word. To unlock it with the new password, it must be connected to the office network. I can connect using VPN, but must unlock it first…
So, I ended up working a couple of days from a krufty old back up laptop using the Outlook Web Interface to mail and without any support tools.
The workaround (for next time) is to install a local administrator account while I have access, then use that account to establish VPN. Our Very Smart IT Guy says that when I then switch users, it will use the active network session to check for access and change the cached password. Note: I don’t actually anticipate there will be a next time.
This came up today:
I like it.