Organize Your Passwords
by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton
But first things first, I had to set it up!
Because I’m not the most tech-savvy person, I had help setting it up. My Verizon tech guy proceeded to get things going and then began to ask me for such and such password – oh darn! Where could it be? I have so many, and they are in my head. Why do you need a password for everything anyway? Should it be like Fort Knox to get into my Google calendar? Really I am not that important!
I scrambled around and found what was needed, but then I made a vow to have my passwords at the tip of my fingers next time. So, I gathered them from their various places and got them typed up and organized and put them in a folder all their own. A week later, I needed something else done to my phone, and lo and behold, I needed to know a password to make it happen.
This has been a great solution for organizing my personal passwords. Just one tip – don’t label your folder – “Passwords,” in case a thief really wants to get into the site where you can view your children’s art, or they want to spend hours messing with your friends on Facebook.
I recommend creating a file which looks like all of your other files. Use the name it your favorite previous car, a pet no longer with you, your favorite school teacher first name, your favorite aunt or uncle, or something that you will know what it is, but a thief would have to go through all of your files to figure it out. Make sure to tell someone in your family about this file, in case something happens to you, they know where your passwords are stored.
I would recommend the same system if you are keeping them stored in the cloud. However, don’t use the word “password” anywhere on that document. Most files can easily be searched for the words: passwords, log in, etc. Just add the actual log in and the password no other notes.
In all seriousness, though, some passwords are pretty dangerous for others to have access to, online access to bank and credit card sites, or business-related logins. Recently, though, I discovered a way to protect those passwords, too. LastPass lets me use one master password for all of my business accounts and it securely stores all of the individual passwords. When I need to grant others access to these business accounts, they create their own free LastPass account with their own password to access the accounts. It’s the perfect solution.