Password wahala – Emeka Nwolisa

Password wahala – Emeka Nwolisa

These days everyone carries a smart phone.

Palasa phones are no longer ebeano .

Well, dem don try too. The only constant thing like they say is change. So goodbye palasa and welcome smart phone.

Smart phones allow you make calls, send texts and connect to the internet. They also run apps and I bet you are most likely reading this on a smart phone. Well-done and carry go jor!

With a smart phone you can do basically anything. Read the news, play games, listen to music or watch a movie. Facebook and Twitter nko…?

Just name it. Owning a smart phone makes it much more convenient to check your email,  run your bank account, make bank transfers and do online purchases. Smart phones can also be great for driving in an area you are not very familiar with… many thanks to smart phone apps like Google Maps and the likes. Like the popular LG advert…Life is really good with a smart phone.

The big question becomes… why all this hailings for smartphone?

Or put another way wetin concern me with smart phone? Before you add salt to insult let me help you with more clichés. Wetin concern agbero with overload or wetin concern fish with raincoat. Anymore?  This one no be Mathias thing…. I no go leave matter for Mathias.

My worry  is the passwords on most smart phones. According to Wikipedia, a password is a word or string of characters used for user authentication to prove identity or access approval to gain access to a resource like your smartphone.

Passwords  no doubt are important especially with the sensitive information stored on the phones, banking apps , emails and business details like bank alerts. But there are also less altruistic reasons for passwords on phones. Some people have things on their phones that if they leak  yawa go gas and kasala go burst. In simple terms emotional earthquake of catastrophic proportions will occur.

But then whatever the reason, passwords are on most people’s phone and that is my headache.

The password on your phone can prove dangerous at critical moments.  Consider the following scenarios:

It’s morning rush hour and at the bus stop someone suddenly slumps and begins the journey to the celestial realm. Bedlam ensures and someone sees his fallen phone and with that, hopes of contacting his relatives but alas the phone is pass worded. He is dumped in a mortuary somewhere with his relatives none the wiser.

You stumble on an accident scene with several people unconscious and kind spirited Nigerians around willing to offer help. Mobile phones of the victims are everywhere but all pass worded… sadly, it’s akin to the story of water- water everywhere but none to drink.

The first responders would only hope that by a coincidence of some sort that people who know the victims will call their phones at that critical moment. I can tell you that the odds of that happening is stiff.

Valuable time is lost, lives are lost and help and information which are just a phone call away can’t be accessed. I hope you now see and appreciate the extent of the wahala.

The important life impacting question becomes…to password or not to password ? The answer is too critical to be hanging in the wind.  Think about it.



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