Friday, September 18, 2015

Book Blogger Hop - 9/18 - 9/24

 Question of the Week:

Where do you keep your passwords for all of your different sites?
My Answer:

I have a box that is about two inches larger than an index card wide and about five inches high.

I put my passwords on index cards, and file my passwords alphabetically.  

I IMMEDIATELY put my password on the card because I know I would forget the password I chose.  

I used to say:  "Oh, I will remember, just do it later."  I found out that is not a good idea.  :)

My "password keeper" is definitely in need of an overhaul right now.  I have some cards stuffed into the front of the box and out of order and have just not had time to re-organize.

But surprisingly I know where each card is even if it is out of alphabetical order.  :)

Looking forward to seeing how others keep their passwords organized.

I am guessing quite a few folks have them in an Excel spreadsheet.  :)








16 comments:

  1. We use a rolodex so it's basically the same system as yours.

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    1. A rolodex sounds more organized. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

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  2. Though I do use a rolodex I will admit some of my passwords are saved on my computer...eek. I need to put them in the rolodex just in case my pc breaks!

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    1. Definitely. I have so many different ones that I can't remember. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Stormi.

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  3. I like the idea of using a rolodex!

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    1. That does sound like a very good idea. I might have to switch to that.

      Thanks for stopping, Vicki.

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  4. What if it's missing or stolen. God I would die! I use LASTPASS dot com and I think you need to check it out too. Today's question has turned me into their spokeswoman. I love it and I think you would love it too!

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    1. I have thought about that, Alysia. It is worrisome.

      Thanks for the tip about LASTPASS. I will check it out.

      Thanks for stopping, Alysia.

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  5. Hi,
    Great idea for passwords. I've been thinking about doing something like that. Have a great day!

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    1. I needed to keep them somewhere other than in my head because I can't remember all of them. :)

      I like my index card box.

      Thanks for stopping, Sherrie.

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  6. Good idea for the passwords. I actually keep mine on a tab of a frequently used spreadsheet. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. That is a great idea to keep them in a spreadsheet.

      Thanks for stopping, Diane.

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  7. I am a die-hard user of the ARC disc-bound planner system, so I shove everything in it. Not only do I have passwords saved on my computer that are NOT browser-dependent, but I also have a fun little sheet I printed in A5 size that has a place for my log-in usernames and the passwords and URLs for where they can be found. It's always smart to have your back-up backed up. Decorate it with a little Washi tape to match the rest of that month, hole-punch it with the ARC hole-punch tool (BEST investment I ever made--found it used for $23!) and you're good to go.

    Some PW services you pay for will actually store them in the cloud, which is the best idea, since that way you don't need to be logged into a specific browser, OR if the entire hard-drive demagnetises, which they do from age, then you won't lose everything.

    As much as you love your Index card box, be careful. If you're not backing them up in a secondary location AND electronically, and you're not home when something happens, you're pretty-much screwed. When I visited my mum on holiday at Christmas and saw where she simply wrote down passwords on scraps of paper but then didn't at least keep them organised, or she crossed out one after changing it but then didn't write down the site from where it came, I wanted to scream. She knew her system, but if she passes before my dad and someone needs to get in that mess, they'll need more than an Astrophysics degree to do it.

    So once I found this little sheet of password keepers, I sent her the .pdf immediately and ordered dad to make her print it off! At least that way she can stay better organised about it. I doubt I'll ever make her see the need for backing them up electronically, too, but I feel better knowing if she uses this, she's more organised at least. (They're in their 70s, so I think it's a hopeless war I'm fighting, in spite of the fact that while I was there, because she had NO protection on her computer, they got hit with the Ransom virus and lost precious family photos and files they'll never see again.)

    In addition, if I'm feeling froggy, I can simply print journal cards I've designed to match the rest of my calendars onto 90-lb. paper, tack them to the backs of old index cards of the same size (3x5) for added weight, trick 'em out with Washi tape, punch the margins, and place them back into the planner, anywhere I want. These can include other passwords that might not change as often, sayings or inspirational quotes I never want to lose (LOVE putting inspirational or Scripture stickers on them), or even classify and catgegorise my equations and formulas cards (rubric).

    So I not only have my personal day/week/month/year planner pages in the front, but also now have my entire study section in the back, and because I've designed it this way, the study portion easily breaks away from the front personal section if I just need only it. Love the freedom this thing gives me. Am testing several prototypes right now in hopes of offering the personalised ones in my Etsy shop soon.

    Cheers.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carla.

      I will definitely back up my passwords. Wonderful comment.

      Thanks for stopping by, Carla.

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  8. This was a good question and I liked reading the answers. My son has been encouraging me to get a program such as KeePass which allows use on your smartphone or any computer. You do have to input all the data and then remember the primary password I think. But it is better than my old system of writing them all over an old calendar. Yikes!

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    1. I enjoyed all the answers too.

      I will check out KeePass.

      I loved all of the input.

      Thanks for stopping, Martha.

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