One of the most frustrating aspects of technology are the passwords we have to remember for every website we interact with. This is an area where organizing is essential. I will provide some ideas on how to organize your passwords, as well as, some companies that you can pay to keep your passwords organized.
The Good Old Fashion Way to Organize Your Passwords - Here are several different options.
*Rolodex with passwords filed alphabetically
*Word or Excel Document - organize them alphabetically (Print a copy and put in your personal file or computer file) You may want to password protect this file.
*Address Book - store them alphabetically
*Notes section of your Smart Phone
*File with a printed copy of all your passwords
*Use the same password for every account (Go back to all of your older accounts and update them)
*Write the password inside the front cover of a file folder that pertains to each account
The New Techie Ways to Save Your Passwords
LastPass 2.0 (free, 5*) – multi page login support, encrypts data locally & stores encrypted data online; login to online vault from anywhere to see; create a list of sites & rate strength of passwords; secure notes feature with predefined templates for IDs; manage app passwords too; can share credentials with another LastPass user (can use but not see the password); uses bookmarklets when login from web on another computer; IE Anywhere system tray instead of browser plugin https://lastpass.com/
Last Pass 2.0 Premium ($12/yr) – adds multifactor authentication & mobile device support
Dashlane 1.1 (free) – choose whether or not to sync; earn points when make passwords stronger; can also store driver’s license, passport and other types of id; store bank logo; Express Checkout helps with shopping; records purchase info; if don’t trust LastPass cloud storage, use this with sync feature disabled. https://www.dashlane.com/
Other tools: RoboForm Desktop 7 ($29.95) Kaspersky Password Manager 4 (4*) MyLOK Personal ($89.95) – Use if even local encryption storage feels dangerous Norton Identity Safe (free) – can’t export to another product Password Genie ($15/yr) – no auto-fill Trend Micro DirectPass ($14.95/yr)
Don’t use: mSecure Password Manager ($19.95) 1Password, Clipperz (free), KeePass (free) – sync using Dropbox
Best Password Managers article http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407168,00.asp LastPass 2.0 http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2406190,00.asp