Every properly planned Internet service provides a way to access their services, should we forget our account name and / or password. Some services provide backdoor access in such easy fashion, that some people don't bother about using front door access.
Some Blogger blog owners use backdoor access to Blogger, routinely. This is a problem, on various levels.
Blogger has promised us that our blogs will be ours forever - but there are limitations to this promise.
We may publish blogs anonymously, with no minimum activity requirements.
If we wish, we may publish our blogs anonymously. We can update a blog once every 10 years, or daily - and both activity levels are equally valid.
Blogger protects our blogs by tying them to our Blogger accounts. To maintain or update a Blogger blog, we need access to a Blogger account that has administrative access to the blog.
We have to maintain access details, to our accounts, to continue using Blogger.
To access a Blogger account, we need at least one of the following alternatives:
- The account name (email address when setup originally), and the current password.
- The email address currently associated with the account, and access to that email address.
- The phone number currently associated with that account, and access to the phone (text or voice) that services that number.
Normal access to a Blogger account uses the account name, and the password. If we forget either the account name or the password, we need backdoor access to the account.
Backdoor access uses the email account, or a pre registered telephone number, currently associated with the Blogger account. When a password reset on the account is needed, a reset message is sent to the correct email account, or to the phone number. To get the password reset message, we have to have access to the backdoor email account (using an email message), or to the phone number (using a text or voice message).
Infrequent use, or varying browser / computer / location, requires more details.
Note that, depending upon how often or regularly you access Blogger - or from what computer in what location - you may be required to provide some demographic details about yourself, your use of Blogger, and / or Google service use, when you try to use any backdoor access to your blog. This is not Blogger being capricious or petty, it is Blogger protecting your account.
We must maintain and retain some authentication details.
We have to maintain access to the Blogger account, if we are going to have a blog. If the backdoor email account is discontinued, it is our responsibility to remember the Blogger account name and password - and change the backdoor email address for the Blogger account to our current working email address, before we forget the Blogger account name or password If the backdoor phone number is changed, this is likewise a necessity.
It's also our responsibility for ensuring that any non GMail email address, that's used in our account, is accessible and valid.
We have to help Blogger, to help keep our accounts and blogs safe.
If Blogger is to simultaneously
- Protect our anonymity.
- Protect our blogs.
- Ignore any lack of activity on our part.
- Support our decision to use multiple Blogger / Google accounts.
I forgot the password to my Blogger account, and the email address that's on the account was discontinued last year. My blog has been inactive for 3 years, and I need to reclaim my blog. I'll gladly fax them a copy of my drivers license, my passport, my birth certificate, ...
Blogger provides front door, and back door, access to our Blogger accounts, and expects us to maintain either, or both, accesses reliably. There is no other access provided. Blogger / Google does not have a staff who examines faxed copies of drivers licenses, passports or birth certificates, to provide a second back door to our accounts.
We have to start with a valid backdoor access, and we have to maintain that backdoor, reliably.
Blogger TOS states a requirement, that we maintain access.
Blogger Terms Of Service even state this as a requirement.
You will be responsible for all activities occurring under your username and for keeping your password secure.
Blogger cannot provide ad hoc third level backdoors, to get us into our accounts.
We have to maintain our own access to our Blogger accounts. When a Blogger employee is spending time validating someone's birth certificate, that's time that some other anxious and worthy blogger has to spend waiting for his / her blog to be unlocked, custom domain to be reset, or another Blogger wildfire to be diagnosed.
Blogger / Google has to make good business decisions, and maintain Blogger to support the many people who use Blogger properly - while resisting the demands of the people who use Blogger improperly, and the suggestions of those who try to use Blogger maliciously.