Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Your new password

This is actually alarmingly close to a collection of recent correspondence I have received at my library:

Dear Staff Member;

Welcome to the County's brand new payroll and personal access system. From this system you can access every aspect of your personnel records, manage payroll and paychecks, and see your most sensitive professional and financial information. This is information that you will need and want to keep secure. You will keep your vital personal information secure through the use of a personal password. Do not share this password with anyone! This password is the key to your personal information!

Because of the delicacy and importance of this password we have assigned a highly secure one to you. It will be sent in a separate email. We suggest that you memorize it and delete the email as swiftly as possible afterwards.

Dear Staff Member;

Here is your new password that will allow you to log in to the County's payroll and personal access system. Your password is:


This password will log you into your account. Because it is the same password we have issued to all 12,948 County staff it is possible someone may be able to guess your password. Because of this we urge you to reset your password as soon as possible. We will  be sending you an email explaining the password reset process. In the meantime we urge you to keep your current password secure.

Dear Staff Member:

In order to change your password for the County Payroll and Access System you will need to create a password reclamation account. In a few weeks we will be rolling out our new Password Reclamation System. With this system you will be able to access your password in the event you forget it. You will also be able to change your password, which we recommend that you do right away, and you will be able to access your password history. A link to the password reclamation system will be provided in an upcoming email.

Dear Staff Member: 

You have received a link to the password reclamation system. Please do not try to use it. The site is not active and will only appear to register you without actually registering you. When the password reclamation system is active we will let you know. At that point you will be able to create an account using your current County Payroll and Access System  password that we sent to you in a secure email. This will remain your login for the password reclamation system even if, as we suggest, you change your County Payroll and Access System password. Please remember both passwords. Thank you.

If you have any questions please login to the County Payroll and Access System query engine. You will need to create an account to access it. Only your personnel manager can create that account. Please contact your personnel manager to access our query engine.


  1. OMGAWD, When did Franz Kafka become a computer programmer?!


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