SERVICE

How to survive password purgatory without losing your data (or your mind)

I already know how I’m going to meet my maker. It’s just a matter of when.

Someone’s going to find me face-planted into my keyboard, with the coroner’s diagnosis of death by acute Password Retention Pox.

Does anyone else see a similar fate in their future?

I just counted the number of sites that I visit at least once a month (and most more often than that) that need a password. There are no less than 45.

The human brain was never intended to juggle this many personal identification balls in the air.
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Is It ever OK to lose your cool with a company?

Steve Adams is a patient man.

You have to be when you’re a 2nd through 12th-grade basketball coach. But Adams’ recent experience with his uniform vendor tested the limits of his tolerance.

By day, Adams is the vice president of a fire and life safety solutions company. By night, he runs Triumph Basketball in Dallas, a basketball club with over 350 players on 38 teams, and 11 coaches. Last fall, Adams interviewed five uniform vendors and chose Lids.
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The high cost of great customer service

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Nikkytok/Shutterstock
The basics of good customer service, like courtesy and attentiveness, may be free. But great service? That’s expensive.

Consider what happened to Virginia Bibliowicz’ father, who rented a car from Budget recently. Shortly after he picked up the vehicle in Knoxville, Tenn., he suffered a heart attack and died.

“When my sister and her husband returned the car later, Budget refused to let them pay the charges,” she says. “I think Budget and this rep should be commended, and they will certainly always have our business.”
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These airlines are the poster children for bad service

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Aaron Kohr/Shutterstock
When you have a customer service problem with a company, it can usually be cleared up with a quick phone call or email. Unless you’re dealing with an airline.

It seems air carriers like to shield themselves as much as possible from the traveling public, particularly when things go wrong. And I should know. I’m this site’s director of research, and it’s my job to connect people with companies.
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Yes, customer service really is circling the drain – here’s what to do about it

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Marcinski/Shutterstock
Customer service isn’t what it used to be.

You’ve probably heard your parents or grandparents say it — heck, maybe you’ve said it — but other than vague memories of the way things were, you had no proof.

Well, now you do.

A new survey by Arizona State University reviews historical data on the customer experience going back to a 1976 White House study. It found the amount of people reporting customer problems climbed from 32 percent in the 1976 study to 45 percent in 2011, and then 50 percent in 2013.
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Maybe good airline service is possible after all

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RealCG/Shutterstock
As Juanita Centanni boarded a recent Cayman Airways flight from Tampa to Grand Cayman, she braced herself for an awful travel experience.

She remembered what happened to her on a domestic flight not so long ago, when she was recovering from rotator cuff surgery. Centanni, a retired government employee, wondered if one of the flight attendants could help with her carry-on bag.

“Ask one of the passengers,” the airline employee snapped.

So when a Cayman Airways attendant met her at the door without any prompting, offering to carry her luggage and stow it in the overhead compartment, she couldn’t believe it.

“I was amazed,” she says.
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