I'm headed to a satellite office on Monday, and asked IT if I could possibly have a loaner computer.
I got a phone message from IT, asking for my password so they could set up my account on the loaner before I arrive on Monday. He then stressed NOT TO E-MAIL THE PASSWORD, as it's a bad practice, and TO CALL HIM, NOT E-MAIL, and if I wasn't in, just forget it and we could do it real quick on Monday, because he does NOT want me to e-mail my password.
That must happen a lot.
Sadly, yes. Yes, it does.
source: my husband works in IT.
On that note, and tying in with the subject of this threat:
Once, not that many moons ago, I got a new job. As I started, I didn't have any user account yet, but was allowed to use that of a colleague, while mine was being created.
After a couple of weeks, I started asking around about my used account, and was told it had been created, including an email account, and that all details had been sent to my supervisor, an IT specialist as myself.
I then had a talk with said supervisor, and remind him that forwarding my account name and password to my email account is not the same as sharing it with me. How can I read my email when I don't have the account information yet?
He then printed the mail and gave me the hardcopy.