Where Do You Keep Your Passwords?
In your head? Do you keep them on the computer? Yep… I tried it once, until my computer got a virus and I lost the list because I didn’t have it backed up. I’ve learned.
I know there are secure sites that you can keep them. I haven’t tried that yet. Trust issue I guess. I know that if I was backing up my computer every night instead of every week.. I wouldn’t have to worry.
But.. I keep them written down, the old fashion way I suppose. In a notebook.
Any notebook will do. This is one that I had made up through Avery for a review. I love it, and thought it would be fun to use. I used to have it in a plain pink notebook, but the binder clip was slipping, so I just changed to this one.
I don’t do anything fancy. I used a protective sleeve for the first few pages just for protection
On the back of the main sheet I have my blogger “will” as such. Have you thought of that? If something happens to you, who knows how to get into your sites and let your friends know or shut them down if need be? My husband wouldn’t have a clue, nor would he care as he said. He said the last thing on his mind if something happened to me would be worrying about my blogs.
I have at least gotten through to him where the information is, and who he can contact in order for them to help take care of any accounts, blogs etc.. that need to be seen to.
I did not go out and buy anything when I made up my password directory.
What I did need:
I didn’t have enough dividers, so I made my own. I just got colored paper, and used a sticky tab for the letters.
I did this about 2 years ago and they are still working great. Of course dividers would be ideal, but I want to let you know that simple works!
I also like to reinforce the edges of the papers. I didn’t have to do it on all of them, but I did it on the most frequently used pages.
So you have the notebook set up. What I did next was to create an excel form. Nothing fancy or flowery (not that I don’t love that stuff, but I just don’t think about it when I am making up a form for myself)
I save this and make copies to use in each letter of the alphabet.
Here is how I set it up. On the far left the date – so anytime I add an entry, I date it. I write down the html for the site, not just the site name.
I then write down what email I use. I have a personal and a work email. I also write down the user name if there is one for the site.
Then in the next column I write the password. Be sure to write if things are capital or there are spaces. A zero might look more like a letter “O”. So be careful when you write them out.
The last column I wrote because I have 3 blogs. But I will sometimes just write notes in this space.
That is it. I write any new password down, I write new sites I join, I write anything that I might need to remember having to do with getting onto or into a site.
I have heard some people say that they just keep it all in their heads. If they are able to do that, wonderful. But.. what happens if something should happen to that head and it can’t remember things anymore? #just sayin!
I keep my password directory near my chair for easy access. I do not announce it to my kids, nor do I have the front of my notebook labeled. It isn’t something that everyone should know or have access to (other than my husband)
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