Password help

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  1. Missy

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    Ok, I am the first to admit I am not at all techie, but I do TRY.

    I am so frustrated because I spent an hour this morning looking for a password I had "jotted" down and then spent half an hour fighting with Google because I simply did not understand what some of their "recovery" questions really meant, so I couldn't answer them.

    I am looking for help with a simple but secure way to store all of this info; I am sure there is something better than a little notebook in my purse!

    PS - I am not looking for criticism because I don't already know this.:)

    Thanks!
     
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  3. catnfiddle

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    No criticism at all! Rockhubby is back in the computer security business (Geology work is not happening), and he recommends http://keepass.info/ or something like it to his clients. As long as you can remember ONE password, you can retrieve ALL of them.
     
  4. Upsadaisy

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    You can write them down in a draft memo to yourself that you keep in a folder in your inbox. I do the old-fashioned thing and keep a rolodex with account numbers and passwords. It works.
     
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    LastPass is another service that does what you're describing: you remember one master password and it keeps all the other ones for you. I find it super convenient because it is available as a browser extension so it's easy to manage. It also generates random, secure passwords, so that is also handy. :)
     
  7. Peachyness

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    I use KeePass as well. I have KeePassX installed on my Mac, MiniKeePass on my iPhone, and KeePassDroid on my Nexus Tablet. I use Dropbox to store the file which allows all of those programs to access my stored passwords. There are a couple of places where I still use my go-to password, but those are now rare.

    If you do not want to use KeePass or something like that, then another idea I read was to write a sentence about the website. Something like, "shareideaswithteachers" for AtoZ.

    When I used to work for MindBody, I was asked to come up with a sentence and then use the first letter of each sentence to come up with my password. That seemed to help as well.
     
  8. Missy

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    Thanks, everyone! Just the help I needed.
     
  9. kcjo13

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    Admittedly, I am password lazy. I know, I know, this can be dangerous, but I am. I have variations of the same password, some with numbers, some capital letters, some symbols. Mine is a phrase that only I know, similar to this:

    Mary Had A Little Lamb Whose Fleece Was White As Snow!

    would become:

    Mha11wfwwas! (the 1's are l's)*

    It changes slightly, like the capital letter changes, or it's a question instead of an exclamation, but basically it stays the same, so I can always figure it out within 3 tries :lol:

    *not my actual password!
     
  10. Upsadaisy

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    Cute!
     
  11. runsw/scissors

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    I think of a word I know I will remember and substitute some letters with numbers and capitalize a couple random letters as well.

    waffles=w4fFl35
     
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    I have a spreadsheet with all of my passwords.
     

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