Storing your passwords

Where do you store your passwords?  On a sticky note attached to your monitor?  In a spreadsheet on your computer’s desktop?  Or do you have a piece of software that securely stores all of your passwords?

Password Mayhem

Everyone using the Internet these days has dozens of passwords.  (Remember: that it is always a great idea to use different passwords on different sites.)  Storing your passwords is important because your favorite web browser will not store your passwords for all sites.  Banking sites, in particular, are designed to not store your passwords the way other sites store them.

Store Them Locally

Writing your passwords on sticky notes or in a notebook is probably the most common method used by people. Some people prefer this method because they can tell someone they trust where to find their passwords in case of death.  It is also the easiest way to access your web sties if your computer dies or is lost/stolen.

Another method is to save them in a spreadsheet saved to your computer.    For extra security, add password protection to the spreadsheet, give it an obscure name and store it in a hard to find folder on your computer.  But beware that if anyone has unlimited access to your computer (if it was stolen!), it would eventually be found.

Another solution is to use a piece of software like KeePass.  It is a downloadable piece of software that saves all your passwords.  It is password protected so you only have to remember one password to access your other passwords.

These methods work best for home users where there are no untrustworthy people snooping around your computer area.