Why I Don’t Want Your Password

(And Why You Shouldn’t Give it Out)

You want me to see your traffic, and you have Google Analytics (or some other reporting tool) tracking traffic on your site. Great! To save time and effort, you want to give me your login and password to go in and look. Totally understandable.

However, for professional reasons I’d rather have a legitimate sub-account login to see your Google Analytics traffic rather than have your master login and pw. Why? Two reasons: I don’t want to be responsible for changes/catastrophe to your GA account if something goes wrong down the road, and it’s just never a good idea to give out your password.

Compartmentalized Responsibility

It’s not easy or likely either of us would cause a catastrophe without discreet logins, but rather having discreet logins is a good way to achieve compartmentalized responsibility*. In other words, a blame-proof ideal.


You know when someone’s taught you something your whole life… like putting the seat up when you pee, etc.? Well that’s the same thing with me and computer security.

My 10 years in hi tech in Seattle taught me to always lock my PC when getting up to go anywhere (set to require pw on wake from sleep and use of CMD-ALT-DELETE -> lock PC) and to take logins and passwords very seriously. At work I would be far more likely to discuss pay or Social Security numbers than passwords.

If you left your workstation without locking your pw you could find that “you” sent an email to the entire company revealing your feelings for  llamas. At the very least, you could expect your desktop image to be changed to one of David Hasselhoff in speedos. True story.

Create a Second Account in Google Analytics

SO, long way to say “can you create an account for me to have user access to your  site”?

Analytics -> Analytics Settings (upper right) -> scotthardinghomes.com -> Edit -> Users with Access to Profile (right side of that click Add User).

* a term I just made up on the spot

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