Quick, do you know the best way to save passwords? How to store passwords? How to remember passwords? Here are some of my favorites for offline, online, or on your computer.
Where to Save Passwords Offline
If you want to save passwords offline, I like the On Line Organizer. It is about the size of the Hallmark calendars that many people still carry in their purse, and inside it has tabs A-Z. On each page you can store a company or URL, User name, and Password. The size and the A-Z indexing make it very easy to use at your desk or carry it with you. I use and sell these lovely babies for $10. They come in a two pack, so you can carry one and keep one at your desk, or give one to your honey or best friend. Click here to order and make saving passwords easier.
How to Save Passwords Online
Online, there are many programs and apps that allow you to save passwords to an encrypted site. LastPass is the one I’ve been trying out for the past few weeks, but since it has limitations when using iPad, I’m not able to recommend it for iPad users just yet. I want something that works as seamlessly as Evernote. But at my PC, LastPass does a great job of capturing login and passwords from every site I visit, and then auto-populating it when I return. You don’t need to remember passwords, you just need to remember one password. Because the data is encrypted, it truly is about as secure as anything gets on the internet. Oh, and it’s free. You can look into other password manager programs here.
I recently learned that some of the newer browsers are able to store passwords, too. I don’t know about you, but I have no intention of letting Microsoft hold all my passwords, even with encryption. I’m pretty sure Bill Gates isn’t going to try to hack my PayPal account, but it gives me the shivers nonetheless.
How to Store Passwords on Your Own Computer
The last option to store passwords is on your computer. Before you go this route, be sure that your system has the latest version of a strong security/antivirus program and that the program is doing auto-updates often. This would be McAfee, Norton, AVG (which has both free and paid anti-virus software), or similar. If this works for you, then just type up a simple document or spreadsheet to remember passwords, and then encrypt the file. You can find encryption programs like EncryptFiles, which is another free program. My thanks to Jim at HelpDotNow for passing this along. I do not personally use this approach or software, but it would be pretty simple.
If any of these options helps you, I hope you’ll let me know. And remember that you can order your own 2-pack password keeper for $10 right now. Ten bucks is a pretty small price to pay for your sanity. (They also make great teacher’s gifts.)
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