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Ask the Readers: How Do You Keep Track of Your Passwords?

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If you’ve been online for more than a day or two you’ve already amassed a pile of passwords. How to you keep track of them, organize them, and ensure you’re always using strong and unique passwords? We want to hear all about your password tricks.

Photo by Taki Steve.

Employing a wide array of passwords that are suitably long yet easy enough to remember (or stored efficiently so you don’t have to remember them) isn’t always easy—and a significant number of people simply fail to vary their passwords or make them strong enough in order to avoid the hassle. This week we’re interested in hearing how you manage, track, and otherwise organize your passwords. What tips, tricks, and/or tools make your password scheme functional and user friendly? Whether you use an ivory cipher or a digital key ring, we want to hear about it.

Sound off in the comments below—the more detail the better—and then check back on Friday for the What You Said roundup where we showcase all the great reader tips and tricks you’ve shared.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/28/11

Comments (394)

  1. omagana

    With Password safe from Bruce Schneier

  2. Oliver

    I use Keypass Portable on a USB stick and I sync it with Dropbox as well as my iphone using the instructions provided in an earlier article here on

    Whenever I sign up for a site or change a password, I make sure I update the database and paste the relevant info or comments in the notes field.

    So far this has worked great for me as I have a lot of sites I log into and password management is a pain in the butt (.)

  3. deviator

    Well, I used to keep the passwords in an password protected Excel file. However, as I have the feeling someone broke my gateway at home, I now zipped and encrypted the Excel until my new solution arrives at home, which is “Password Safe” from SSE which uses an encrypted chipcard to store the passwords.

  4. dnk.nitro

    yeah, +1 for Keypass (

  5. Eric

    I keep all my passwords in my head.
    But I only use four five different passwords; one half-easy for junkstuff, one medium for not so improtant accounts, one secure for important stuff and one extreamly super-secure for very important stuff.

    Also, I have tried to crack all my passwords with different stuff. The easies will go pretty easily but the ones for important and very important stuff are in principle impossible to guess, dictionary attack and bruteforce.

  6. Indisent

    I use lastpass.

  7. aproposnix

    Keepass on Windows
    KeepassX on Linux
    KeepassDroid on Android.

    Dropbox to keep them all synced.

  8. clb92

    KeePass (synched through Dropbox).

    I still remember long time ago, when I used a password protected .doc file :P

  9. choppystyx

    I use keypass that is synced up with dropbox

  10. Jake T

    I have twelve passwords memorized. One of those twelve will work on any site I go to. I remember which passwords I use on which site for the most part, but if I forget I’ll remember within twelve tries. So I guess the answer to the question is, memorization!

  11. donald


  12. David

    I use a mixture of Lastpass and Keepass. Lastpass for my websites and Keepass for various things I don’t use often. I would use Keepass more but it isn’t as convenient as Lastpass.

  13. grrr


  14. Samuel Coxson

    I use Lastpass for everything I even use the sesame multi-factor authentication so that criminals would have to have my memory stick or Laptop as well as my password to even try getting into my account.

  15. Howard

    I use several methods like lastpass, and keepsafe, etc along with backups … I also use a standard id and password for my generic/ forum sites where I don’t really care and they are easy to remember .

  16. eytan

    just memorize them, it’s not that hard

  17. Demonkunga

    I use LastPass. Before LastPass, I had 1 password for important things and 1 password for crap. Now that I have LastPass, all my passwords are generated with it, so I don’t even know my own passwords.

  18. Winston Wolf


  19. DEAN

    RoboForm for desktop. Carry RoboForm2Go on a pen drive.
    I have 503 passwords, bank account, and software Reg. #’s in the database.
    I use “safeNotes” for phone numbers and other personal information.

  20. Rusty Gates

    I am really interested in reading the summary to this post. It seems like the whole username password structure needs to be replaced some how.
    I keep three or four passwords and use them for varying levels of sites:
    -Main Email and Bank Accounts
    -Somewhat Visited Sites
    -Rarely Visited Sites

  21. C

    Another vote for Keepass.

  22. Brian

    I use last pass

  23. Jaye

    I use a password pattern of my own invention, so that I can have a different password on every site but still remember them easily.

  24. nt0xik8ed

    my memory. i have 3 words using numbers as letters, letters(upper and lower case) and characters as separations and letters. and i would like to thank the sno0t_E sh1tz@ gawker for all the time i spent making new passwords.

  25. Deron


    Toying with PassPad

  26. jdDurrett

    LastPass & KeePass

  27. Ludovic

    Passphrase “pattern” of some kind, with KeePass as a backup or for exceptions (like completely random super strong password for an important site, or non-pattern passwords for crappy websites that have weird limitations).

  28. Collins

    I use keepass. it’s really great.

  29. SmashD

    KeePass with KeeFox for Firefox and backups on dropbox

  30. che

    lastpass takes care of my passwords.

  31. notovny


    There are passwords I won’t let it have, admittedly, but when I sign up for J. Random’s Web Service of Unknown Security, it gets a secure, unique generated password created and managed by LastPass.

  32. Britonius Maximus

    I use 1Password and keep the encrypted database synced between my Macs and Windows systems using DropBox. They also have an iPhone app to view my passwords and other important data while mobile.

  33. Jackfinished

    I use the same one for every thing its “hunter2”

  34. Photon500

    KeePass Portable on an external USB drive in a TrueCrypt container that holds all my personal files. Synched with Dropbox – also to the Dropbox and KeePass apps on my Android phone.

  35. tkrafty

    KeePass and Dropbox. LOVE it. Feels like a little more control than LastPass, but that idea has appeal too.

  36. skeniver

    Used to use Keepass (with Dropbox and on Android), but since not being able to sync Dropbox at work anymore, I use LastPass!

  37. phanmo

    In my head. I use about 4 or 5 different passwords ranging from easy ones for sites that I don’t care about to highly complex ones that are easy for me to remember for my main email. I also have to remember a few that I didn’t choose myself.

  38. lol


  39. Harvey Arkawy

    If I won’t remember my password, I add it to a WinZip txt file that is 128 bit password protected. This password is numerical/text/numerical where the text is a word that is not in the dictionary. It is more than 10 characters long. I also store software keys inside the same file. If I need to be reminded of a particular password, I open the zipped file, choose the protected text file, enter the (very long password) and the text file opens. I can then search for the item needed, close the text and zip file and continue with what I need to do.

  40. joe_Da_Schmoe

    1password on Mac

  41. MJ

    KeePass Portable, but I’d ask then: How do you encrypt the database?
    Right now I use a single password, but I’m thinking of using some other method. What would you recommend?

  42. Leonick

    Mostly memory, only use 5 passwords though and 3 of those are basically the same just well older simpler variations (some symbols vary be it what symbol it is or upper/lower case).

    I have one password for anything school related.
    The three for most sites, forums, mail, facebook and what not.
    And lastly one password for any and all sites from which i could actually pay for something because they have my debit card stored or such (don’t want someone to be able to access that just because a forum get hacked or similar)

    Considering right now to get a fourth password to use on either all social sites (e.g facebook, twitter) and mail, the more personal pages, just to separate them from forums and other smaller sites more likely to be breached…

    All passwords are just strings with a minimum of 8 numbers and letters both upper and lowercase, no words or anything.

    I am trying 1Password right now, seems to be a good idea to have a list of sites i have accounts on and what password is on there in case there is a breach anywhere, then i can easily change that password an all sites I use it on. Also let’s me store password protected notes and so on.

  43. Anupam

    I dont use any software to keep track of my passwords
    I make up passwords for why am i using the account which makes it easy to remember them.

    eg for facebook : iwbo19&timfba (I Was Born On 19th & This Is My FaceBook Account ) (not my real password .. :D)
    eg for yahoo : mcgfi1947iutafs&s (My Country Got Freedom In 1947 I Use This Account For Subscriptions & Stuff

    It can have you favorite song. vbo97simfs (Valentine by Old 97’s is my favorite song)
    A place you visited, school, college, friends

    for others a common password by using the same trick.. i think you get it :) !!

    now for usernames most of which use the email id itself, no problem.
    For user specific userids i have 5 preferences with priority, One of them is ought to work :P

  44. KB Prez

    KeePass & LastPass.

  45. BCHM

    I use 1Password and link via DropBox. It works on both Mac and PC.

  46. Altyer Otoni

    I use LastPass (always logged) on Firefox with password protected startup.
    In public places, including at work, I use a Thinapped Firefox that has some parameter in the shortcut at the build time Ex.: “C:\Arquivos de programas\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -p “260411”, where the 260411 is the profile name. This way, the safe mode is avoided and, with the “Master Password” add-on, there’s no way (at least I don’t know yet) to launch firefox without password, so my bookmarks are protected too!!

  47. Aaron

  48. Doug


  49. Anne

    I use the MasterLock Vault. There’s a web app, Android app, and mobile website (there’s an iPhone app too). Easy to remember one 4 digit pin to get me into all my passwords!

  50. BigDan

    I wrote a program that keeps them for me. The program keeps them fully encrypted on the hard drive and fully unencrypted via the program. All I need is one password to access my program. The program does all kinds of searches to make finding them easy. It was really a simple program to write.

  51. Jim

    I keep my passwords in an encrypted spreadsheet.

  52. Urichhai

    Portable Biometric usb key. I hate passwords and pretty hard to crack my fingerprint.

  53. Ben

    I wrote my own password manager that hashes a website’s URL with a master password I’ve memorized to get a site-specific password. ( It’s online at )

  54. Dave

    KeePass, on Dropbox for access by my several machines. On crucial sites (banking, credit cards, &c.) I use 20+ character gobbledygook passwords generated by KeePass. On many forum-type sites I use the same old user name and password, since the worst that could happen is that someone could post something in my non-recognizable name.

  55. Robbie

    Roboform (now known as Roboform Anywhere).

    Has the advantage of automatically (and securely) synchronizing your passwords across all your instances (unlimited).

    Has a very nice configurable password generator feature for times when you want maximim security or when you dont feel like thinking of a new password.

    Also lets you attach notes to each login, allowing you to save things like answers to those annoying security questions that you’ll never remember the exact answer several years from now.

    If you are using someone else’s computer or don’t want to install roboform on a particular machine, you can look up your username & password on

  56. koiphish

    I use Pastor for OSX. I toss the encrypted file on Dropbox so I can get it anywhere and update it anytime from anywhere. Wish they had a version for Android though… I would give me right one for that bit of appage.

  57. julie

    Memory and I have a pad of paper labeled my top secret passwords!

  58. Anupam

    I usually have 3 passwords for every 6 months… so i dont need any software/website to remember them

    While making passwords i use some of my personal memories, favorite things, incidents in the password.

    eg vbo97simfs (Valentine By Old97’s Is My Favorite Song)
    eg iwtslwiw12yo (I Went To Sri Lanka When I Was 12 Years Old)
    eg ihmfcwiwi5g (I Had My First Crush When I Was In 5th Grade)

    i use the passwords according to the account importance ..

  59. kelly


  60. tyler78

    Lastpass for the past one or two years. Before that, firefox itself.

  61. ADWheeler Photography

    I develop passwords that are symbols drawn on my keyboard. Instead of using words combined with #’s and symbols, I just make a shape. Easy to remember and very difficult to hack. Besides, I am not hiding anything valuable enough for someone to go that deep. For instance…just a demo..


    Looks like a jumble, until you type it…and see that it is a triangle.. Very simple, yet very strong. And nerdy too!

  62. ADWheeler Photography

    BTW, I hadn’t heard of anyone else doing this, so I call it Pattern Passwords..

  63. Kerensky97

    LastPass for web passwords
    KeePass for non web passwords and PINs.

  64. Anne

    Number of unique passwords = 119
    Number of passwords to remember = 1
    Keypass + Dropbox = priceless.

  65. Teotoo


  66. Howard

    Do you think this was a wise question to ask on the internet? Just saying…

  67. Asgaro

    LastPass indeed!

  68. Sebastian

    Keepass! For many years already. Read here about syncing with Dropbox which is a good idea. But doesn’t Keepass have its own syncing options? It should have… I’ve been meaning to check this out for ages…

    Also read about Keepass for Android here. Will check this out as well. Is it from the original makers?

    My 2 cents.

  69. Ph00ey


  70. Jonathan

    Both Lastpass and Keepass (KeepassX)

  71. Danny

    Keypass + Lastpass. I even use a third utility to generate unique passwords (PWGen).

  72. I'mouttahere

    Yellow Sticky Notes prominently displayed on my computers…

  73. Pat

    I use LastPass on both Windows and Linux machines.

  74. Mudslinger

    For Android:
    I have been using “Kuff’s Password Safe”
    but have discovered it’s only able to communicate with a windows app for sharing the data between devices. (and the data doesn’t appear compatiable with other apps)
    Since reading this article and a little more researching towards some linux compatiability I’ve just begun trialling MobileKnox & DesktopKnox
    So far things are looking promising… Have managed a sync via USB on my Samsung Galaxy S to Linux Mint

  75. fakeforme123

    I print them and tape them to my front door right after I give them out to people

  76. Eric

    I keep an encrypted and password-protected MS Access 2007 table with usernames and passwords in it on a hard drive that is formatted in a way that can’t be read by Windows.

  77. Doctor

    Keep them in my Brain I’ve known passwords since grades school lol

  78. matt

    LastPass ftw. Really no better way.

  79. Mark

    Paste Email Plus addon for Firefox.

  80. Robert

    passkeep.exe. An old 32 bit app that works quite well. Have it on Dropbox so I can access from anywhere.

  81. River

    Lenovo fingerprint software stopped working. Amen for Texter.

  82. Harry


  83. Baha-Yoshi

    Kingdom Hearts POWA !! No, the pic just made me think of it, otherwise I know its foolish , but I use the same pass with slight modifications all the time

  84. eli baker

    Tried lastpass. More trouble than it’s keep a list in text with hints: e.g. flag might mean its the old red and blue etc. Never had a problem!

  85. SteveO

    was going insane with a pad protected Word doc – then I switched to paid Lastpass with a Yubico key. Much, much better

  86. Peter

    Been using LastPass successfully for a long time now. Wouldn’t change to anything else at present.

  87. indianacarnie

    Pretty much just my memory. I , as a few others here, only use a few different passwords. They vary in strength depending on what site/forum I am in at any particular time.

  88. David

    Lastpass … and I only know a handful of my passwords, they are all 16 characters whenever possible.

  89. Jerry

    Lastpass. Don’t know how I got along before I had it.

  90. John

    Lastpass. So I don’t have to think.

  91. Brian

    I use the password manager on my Ironkey.

  92. Truth

    LockNote by Steganos is a 256 bit encryption in the form of a self contained .exe that I use to store passwords and other information on a UBS and that way I only have to remember one password for the LockNote. I also change that password on a regular basis.

  93. alan

    I use an algorithm that uses a private key.
    The algorithm is simple but different depending on the type of entry.

  94. Amr ElGarhy

    I usually use 3 or 4 different passwords for different categories of website, for example I use a very secure hard to hack password for emails, bank account, .. and use less for less important websites.

    So I always know what password to write based on the website and 3 passwords are not too much to forget, I have them just in my memory.

  95. Sherman

    PasswordCard and a special password-choosing technique for generation. Firefox Sync manages my web passwords.

  96. John W

    LastPass does the job VERY well.

  97. SDreamer

    How do I keep track? Using my brain, just memorize the most important ones and a few others. For less important things like forums and things like that, I use Keepass. Securing my passwords, I use a heirachy methods, the most important things will get passwords that contain many things, and the lower on the priority list the more simpler, but not obvious. When it comes to security questions, full sentence answers. It is so retarded how simplistic the security questions are, that some of it is easily accessable to the public.

  98. Glint

  99. TONY


  100. darkstar13

    I use Keepass, nevertheless, I know most of my passwords.

    I use a root-suffix system for all my password.
    All my password would be in root+2byte suffix format.

    Example: my root is d@rk5t@r (which is dakstar spelled using various characters(
    then, my password for my online accounts would be :
    1. twitter – d@rk5t@rtw
    2. facebook – d@rk5t@rfb
    3. lifehacker – d@rk5t@rlh

    the two bytes will be from the website where I use such password.
    in these way, all my passwords are unique, sort of.

    For my bank accounts online, and other that are financial in aspect,
    I choose a favorite line of a song and then use the first letters of each word.

    Example : (from Incubus)
    Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there, with open arms and open eyes yeah.

    my password would be : WTB1BTW0@@03Y.

    The only problem I have is which song to remember (since bank sites require password change every 2 months), hence I have keepass. :)

  101. Kelly

    PC: KeePass
    Android: KeePassDroid
    Dropbox to sync them up

  102. JJ

    Used to have 5 passwords I used for everything. Finally broke down a few months ago and switched to LastPass. Works Great!

  103. Reboots DaMachina

    I use PassKeeper 1.2, 32-bit by Brad Greenlee built around 1996. I keep it synchronized using Dropbox. Simple, to the point, nothing extra.

  104. RLSinOP

    LastPass on Windows, Ubuntu, Android – I’ve tried them all. LastPass is (IMHO) the defacto winner

  105. Octavio

    Just memory guys, keep it simple.

  106. Woot

    Keepass is the answer to everything.

  107. Elmo

    I take them all, write them into an alphabetic grid, scramble them, then hide the sheet.

  108. Troy

    I’ve used eWallet from ilium Software for years. Syncs up with my Windows phone and my PC. I’ve only come across a few sites I frequent that it can’t fill in user/password for and that’s mainly because they’re multi-page login. Seems to be working fine with Firefox 4 and IE 9, too.

  109. Kevin

    I use Keepass for more obscure things, like manufacturers tech support websites. Otherwise I have categorically assigned passwords, one for game related things, one for games involving money; another for e-mail, another for school/work.

  110. Oaken


  111. Wayne

    1 vote for KeePass.

  112. Scott


  113. Louis Payton

    I use LastPass. I haven’t been using it long so the jury is still out. So far though I mostly like it.

  114. LeavingAReply

    When I deal with Web sites that force me to register for no reason, I pick the password “password” on purpose. The security of that account is unimportant, and if other people are doing that, too, it undermines the Web site owner’s intentions.

  115. Aaron

    Memorizing is best for me. That way the account dies with me.

  116. Turicus

    I mostly use the same password. I mean, does it really matter if someone hacks some online forum account that I registered to for one post?
    For the sensitive stuff like online banking, credit card etc., I use unique ones which are also more secure.
    But this method allows me to keep the total number low.

  117. nocomment

    I just use a piece of paper and notice the most important passwords (especially store accounts!!! and Mail). This type of pwd are made with acronym Sentence and Number, because i can better remember them.

    Other, not so important pwd´s will always the same. Therfore i use three kinds, or more, of Nicknames, which are wide spreaded with easy pwd, so they pwd could not easily traced by google etc.

    Technical solutions of rembering passwords are not the right Option in my opinon.

  118. thatsmyname

    I use one password based on the first ten notes of a piece written by a famous classical composer. For passwords that are required to change at a regular interval I insert a number in a certain place in the sequence that increases at an increment I only know for each change,

  119. Doc

    KeePass Portable on my D: drive, with another copy (program & database) on my USB drive…password protected, of course.

    To those that use “1 or 2 or 12 passwords for everything”…just wait until an account is hacked and somebody you thought you could trust is rummaging through your bank account and emails. If you’re that lax in keeping your password secure, you’re probably using your birthday, your middle name, etc. to generate all these passwords…and they’re easily cracked. Use uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and some punctuation to generate real random passwords and store them securely! Better yet, change a few of them each week just to be safer. (Just ask Sony how much pain a hacked account can cause!)

  120. Christy

    1Password. I started with it on a Mac and when I went back to a Windows computer, it was one of my first purchases. It has the ability to use dropbox as your password holder, so you can have the same password file on all your computers. So now I can actually save passwords at work and see and use them at home and visa versa. Great program!

  121. Yohan Perera

    LastPass… Oh yeah!!!

  122. hankchristian

    I use Last Pass

  123. Venkat

    Keepass Portable, so that I have access to my passwords any time!

  124. Thomax Jefferson

    KeePass with KeeFox for Firefox. Daily backups on local drive. Mozy backs up the backup.

  125. considal

    I use astrology, prayers, and toss a pinch of salt over my right shoulder. Then I use a password generator to randomize a 10 character mix of lower/upper case letters, numbers, and punctuation. I log the password,site url, mail account, and whatever name it is I am using, into a secure PIM. Generally I let whatever browser I am using (Firefox, Opera, IE, Chrome, or Iron) keep track of my passwords for as long as they last. They usually don’t last long because I reset them all the time. Obviously I have a lot of time on my hands. Yikes.

  126. Gouthaman Karunakaran

    All my passwords are offered automatically by LastPass when creating an account and they pop-up whenever I need to login. This means that I use a different password for every single web service and yeah, I don’t even remember my Twitter/Facebook/Google password, but my LastPass does!

  127. teeruku

    1Password. Windows+Mac+iPhone+iPad. synced thru Dropbox.

  128. patrick


    I used to use Keepass + DropBox but Lastpass is a little more convenient, although it itches a little that all my passwords are in their database and not in a file only on my computer.

  129. Kalex


  130. Victor

    Well, i memorize them, and never used a password manager.

  131. Sam W.

    I too use Keepass portable as well as the client. However I use the same protocol as my work does and change my passwords every 2 months and use a different password for every site and app, and at least 20 random character passwords. It may be overkill but in today’s world with all that is going on, would you blame me?

  132. Edron S.

    wow really?

    I got a composition notebook with all my passwords and save it in a 2 ton safe where my birth certificate and gold are stored.

    All the non important websites get a generic password + 10 different variants at the end of it
    I put it on a password protected notepad.

    All the important sites get unique passwords and are only recorded on paper

  133. Hrvoje

    Passpack (
    Web based, 100 passwords for free, sharing passwords with other users…

  134. Bugalugs

    Keepass & Dropbox

  135. miki

    my brain & and my black block notes

  136. Nie

    Wow! Nice spam ad-like comments. Of course in my mind. You can’t trust such programs or sites to do it.

  137. Jane Pederson

    I use an address book that is only for passwords to any and all sites I have had to sign into. With the name of the sight, my user name or the email address, and the password in one place I don’t worry if I do forget because I always have them. Those that I remember are icing on the cake, Someone would have to know me well enough to have a hint for the direction my mind could go for each site I really think sometone would have to spend some time to sign in for me. I like knowing I have a hard copy of this information.

  138. stu

    I use KeyPass – its great!

  139. Mohit

    years back, i forgot my yahoo password(i was a kid). thankfully, i managed to get my account, and yahoo provided me with a new password, a set of random nos. and letters
    that has since then been my password everywhere!

  140. Trick

    BRAIN 1.0

  141. Simon

    I use lastpass. Set to automatically log off when all browser windows closed so that I have to log in once. I also have facebook / Google etc set to not stay logged in when browser windows closed and password required to clear screensaver

  142. dls

    I used cryptinfo on my palm for years. Now I am looking for something to sync my android phone, iPad and desktop.

    I am looking at SplashID. It is a direct descendant of cryptinfo.

  143. buddy

    I use a small application called whisper32 to store all my passwords, which is quite helpful for me till date. It is a tiny application with no more hassles.

  144. pewbe

    I have written a small program, that makes a 3-char string, when I type in a string (usually the name of the webpage), which I then combine with a standard 8-char string. With a simple calculator I can recreate the 3-char string, even when I am using a different computer. That way, I get a different password to every single page, and a password I can easily “remember”.

  145. Beastfellow

    Why should I tell you where I store my password. My service provider told me never tell your password to any one and this applies to revealing the source of storage as well.

    No thanks

  146. Peter

    Keepass, with different files for private and work use.

    The databases are being replicated with Windows Live Mesh to have them available on all computers.

    Windows Live Mesh Web Interface allows to download the file on other locations (e.g., work).

  147. Ja5087

    I don’t. I just remember them.

  148. Jagan

    Lastpass is cool and its pretty good to use

  149. BM

    I use keepass for everything. But for some very important entries in keepass I encrypt the passwords further by an algorithm which exists only in my mind. ;)

  150. Ian

    I use only one strong password though it changes using a simple algorithm made from the URL of the website I am visiting. All I have to remember is one password and one simple algorithm…simples.

  151. SommeS

    I use Password safe on a memorystick and an external hardrive with the password i have memorized to a Password safe with a password to my main password safe with 5 passwords of different difficulties(just in case) and my memorized passwordt is a long password with Uppercase, Lowercase and Numbers so i am safe

  152. Cornflower

    Horst Schaeffer’s MemPad, encrypted. Portable, intuitive, and I can add info about the site, requirement, secret questions, etc.

  153. wepst

    I use one password for all those misc sites like online magazines, newsfeeds, etc that don’t have any personal or credit card info and use my notepad in yahoo to list my signon using dashes after the beginning letter or number of the password. on financial sites i alternate between two or three passwords which i change alternate every two months or so. i do have a printout from an excel sheet also.

  154. AbbaDabba

    Keypass… both on my Android phone and my desktops.

  155. Jörgen

    X-marks for FF – moving to KeePass or LastPass (which is best for win7,winXP,Linux,Android?)
    Applying algoritm I can do in my head to URL to generate new password for new sites + using unique e-mail for every account.

  156. Bobro

    easy… Password = password… bish bash bosh, job done… :)

  157. Callasabra

    LastPass for passwords, bookmarks, secure notes, etc.
    For passwords not accessible thru a webbrowser (i.e., ssh, desktop/server accounts,I use a 16 alpha-numeric character scheme that is familiar to me

    The results of this should be interesting

  158. david

    Since everyone keeps talking about lastpass and keypass i might have to give those a try.

    For me, i use a passphrase and then combine it with a keyword from the site im logging into. makes the paswords long but easy to remember

  159. Forgotten Password ?

    I use the Forgotten Password when I forget my password for a site…, where did I write down the email address for that site??

  160. jimkiler

    I use three mian passwords, one for anything banking related, one for shopping websites which have my credit card and could allow someone to make a purchase. The third is for all else.

    Too bad website password security means I have to have more like 6 passwords due to various rules of insecurity.

    Also I wrote all my passwords down in a notebook which will go into a safe when my daughter gets older.

  161. Silencer

    ROBOFORM is the best client-based password keeper ever…

  162. Kevin Valentine

    I use password keeper from Gregory Braun for years and has been reliable

  163. Dirk

    Password Corral ftw

  164. Seria

    Keypass and Memory for my desktops synced with dropbox. Memory and fingerprint authentication for my laptop. I also allow Norton to save my password and encrypt it (just for my super lazy days). Mostly I use at least 5 different variations of my password and 3 usernames depending on the site.

  165. Larry

    Password Agent – has the capability to run from an encrypted USB.

  166. Vinx

    Step 1: a few general rules for making up passwords like, all “e”s are “3”s or “L” are “1”s.
    Step 2: Since my cellphone has a camera, I took a picture of both mt DVDs and my CDs/iTunes. I make up names based on what is the photo using these general rules
    Step 3: Make an electronic note in my cell like “5th with spaces”. This might be skipping to my first favorite movie and then counting to the 5th before taking the name and then changing it according tot he rules in step 1.
    99.9% of the time, when I see the clue (“5th with spaces”) I realize the password I used right away.
    My 2 cents.

  167. A.T.

    KeePass2 is great! And,…. free!

  168. Opher

    Password Safe is what I use.
    Password Safe is used in many organizations as well.

  169. Sylvia

    I trust no one or any web site to store my info. Stored on several flash drives in a word file and printed and kept in a reachable place when needed.

  170. cactusdr

    I have an encrypted file on my thumb drive that contains a table with the site, username, email address and password. I also have an executable called “Password Generator” on the thumb drive that I use to generate 18 character passwords for every new site.

  171. SteveG

    ROBOFORM as DEAN mentioned. It is really good and easy to use.
    I have a master password of 18 characters to open up ROBOFORM’s access.
    One can regulate how long Roboform stays active.
    I use the SafeNotes for sensitive data and have left my spouse instructions how
    to access it if I should not be around (die, Aggggg).

  172. Ted C.

    A very basic and effective system: A handwritten log of every site that requires a password. A very short and/or duplicated password for sites of little serious importance, and longer extended passwords for important sites which include symbols along with letters and numbers. If I can’t recall a specific password, just pull out the log. Efficient, private and simple.

  173. Ellen

    I used to use Roboform on my desktop and laptops, and on my iPod. After their last upgrade Roboform no longer works on my 1st Gen iPod, so I’m in the process of switching to 1Password. I like it a lot. It used to be for Macs only, but they’ve been Windows-friendly for a while now.
    I have hundreds of passwords, and logins to banks, etc. I also have the option to keep notes with protected information.

  174. sefcug

    KeePass synchronized with Dropbox (encrypted) for non web. LastPass for web.

  175. Sid Craven

    Roboform2Go on a USB for travelling and RoboForm Desktop 7 @ home (which now works with Chrome)

  176. Pete Kesselring

    visware secure data organizer

  177. Ryan

    I use a locked excel file stored on a flash drive. I know it isnt the most secure location, that is why im reading this article!

  178. Emir

    Roboform Online for Chrome

  179. Debbie F

    My password is just my username.

    No, seriously, I have old business cards in a box in my desk. I keep the passwords written on them, with the date, account, username, etc. I have my own set of encryption that nobody knows. I have a half a dozen numbers from my past (such as the phone number when I was 12) that I represent as a character when I write it down — such as @. I know @ means 8461755. Then I will add random characters before and after. When I see “AccE@-4i” written on the card, I know that means AccE8461751i” for example. I also have a special way of writing the letters so only I know if they are capped or not. I also have some Red Herring characters I throw in that I know I would never use in a password. The cards are easy to alphabetize so it is easy to find the passwords I need quickly without looking down a list. And they don’t get “backed up” every night to a place I can “mostly” trust.

    I have a flunky password for sites I don’t care about, but I don’t trust any encryption programs. If the house burns down (or someone drops a cup of coffee on my box) I’m in trouble, and I don’t take them with me anywhere. But I think this is safest.

  180. Bonnie Greenberg

    For years I have used a password protected and encrypted database using HANDBASE that synchronized between Win and mobile. I also kept registration date, numbers and pswd modifid dates.
    I’m not sure if I will be able to continue with that product due to lack of support from DDH software.
    Thx for your info. Time to check out alternatives. Any app I use must have sync capabilities.

  181. xsl khanal

    visware secure data organizer

  182. Seth

    Roboform Everywhere. Great solution for a person with multiple computers and devices.

  183. Hisa

    I have a spreadsheet with all of my password pieces listed in a random and confusing order. I attach the bits and strings together with varous random characters like “!” or “-” to name a couple, so I just grab random stuff and stick a few of them together, play with cases, a WALLA! I have a password.

    The downfall of this method is that I have to attempt to remember in my limited memory what bits I put together, with what and were I connected them, which parts I cased differently, and what account I used it for… At the very least, after waiting the customary hour to 24 hours, I can try 3 new combinations again! And I have never been successfully hacked though quite a few have tried :)

  184. Rob

    I have used RoboForm for years. Haven’t seen anything near as good.

  185. Tony

    Password Keeper from RIM on Blackberry for 75+ usernames and passwords. Blackberry is keyboard locked always

  186. Jeff


  187. George McIntosh

    I agree with Rob. . Roboform is easy, automatic, and they even have a free version that will keep track of a limited number of passwords. A very useful, reliable, and time saving piece of hardware.

  188. Kazi Shantonu


  189. Stu

    I use RoboForm. The free version only allows 10 passwords, so I bought the full version for my 150 passwords. It was worth it.

  190. Sandy

    I insist on having a “hard copy” of all passwords, security questions, etc. I use a small address book so they can be listed alphabetically according to websites. A bit old fashioned I know but at least I know it will never crash.

  191. Jerry


  192. Benji

    I have tried a few programs until I found Roboform…
    I am VERY happy with this program and have used it for a few years. I know it has saved me from having my security jeopardized! It is so handy and can be used anywhere I connect to the Internet.

  193. Gregg

    Roboform desktop and Roboform 2 go, very easy to use and has a drop box with links to your passworded sites, so one click and your logged in. I use to use PassKeep years ago but came across Roboform and loved it so stuck with it.

  194. David

    Roboform… (not free after a very limited number of passwords).

    Because sites (may) have different rules for what format of password is acceptable (length, alpha + numeric, other allowed/not allowed) I find it essential to have a manager rather than an algorithmic approach.

    Besides autofill and button press, it allows popups for login prompts where you have to cope with drop down boxes per character; example: my+passwd12 is the password, and the site prompts for any 3 random characters. On a URL specific basis it can be set to display (e.g.) so you can pick out the characters required.
    my + p a ssw d 1 2
    1 2 3 4 5 678 9 10 11

    Ok, don’t let anyone look over your shoulder..

    Also stores any random info you like in ‘safe notes’.

    All encrypted.

    Browser compatibility: works for me with IE, Firefox, Maxthon, Lunascape (triple engine browser).

    So (last I knew) it’s not compatible with Opera, but Opera’s webkit engine is available in Lunascape.

    One restriction- say you log into a financial site, 3 different accounts, it can’t automatically differentiate the 2nd page of login on a per user basis.

  195. Claudio M.O. Moura

    There a re very good and safe Password Keeper software that ecript your data with a pass frase. I recommend Password Tracker, Kee Pass (it´s ok is Kee), Key Pass etc.
    They allow back up that can be safely stored in another good backup free programs.
    Claudio aka @_cmom_
    PS: This is important to keep large and secure (diverse) passwords like about 350 ones.

  196. Daniel

    Roboform Pro.
    Inexpensive (some 300 passwords needed to date), unbreakable and no worries.

  197. billwitz

    I have been keeping my passwords ever since the days of my old Kaypro with QuatroPro … i.e. a looooooong time. I got started using a spreadsheet and still use it. The PW file resides on my desktop. I now have 228 entries (!) and most of them are variations of similar codes. I use tricks to annotate both the User Name and Password plus I have a column dedicated to Other for any notes I feel I need. I don’t use any of my common user numbers or names such as SSN or address.

    One of these days I’m going to test and clean up the many entries because I’m certain that many are out of date. … one of these days…

  198. Wayne Riker

    Gasp! I keep a printed copy hidden. Before you all complain:
    I have 89 different accounts. And, I’ve been locked out due to pasword manager failure. Very expensive to fix. Any thing involving sensitive information is NOT on this list. All passwords are STRONG as defined by Microsoft and kept on old floppy disks in secure locations.

  199. sallie Milner

    Unfortunately I have a list in excel that I print out and keep by my computer. I also use the same password as much as possible. I know this violates all the security rules but the list is two pages long in small print

  200. Nancy

    I use a “generic” password for non-financially related sites. For financially related sites, I keep a hint sheet. I distribute numbers through all my passwords using 3 patterns, I do not give a hint to those numbers on the hint sheet. The hints involve things only I would know, such as the name of the person I sat next to in Mr. Milner’s class, etc. If her name was Susie, I distribule the numbers using my patterns. If I have totally forgotten the password, at the most, it takes me 3 tries to guess it.

  201. bobatcv

    Robform, for years because it works

  202. doe

    Excel spreadsheet…

  203. ofa

    Roboform. Works great. Had it for over 6 years.

  204. Jack Kniate

    I write mine on a recipe card and put them a recipe box in alphabetic order and hope nobody breaks in my apartment and steals the box.

  205. Ray

    I use LastPass to save passwords but have a backup. I have an excel spreadsheet with all of my passwords encrypted with encrypt on click. I have had software fail on me in the past and with so many random paswords I would never be able to find them all without a backup.

  206. John Cornelius

    I have used Roboform for filling in data. But now I prefer LastPass and also use the Save Password in Canary Chrome.

  207. Al Cassell

    I use My Security Vault to save all my important stuff. The 3 best programs on my computers are “My Security Vault , CCleaner , Diskeeper “.

  208. Bob

    RoboForm for the PC and RoboForm Pass2go for the laptop, is the only way to go, can be used for virtually anything and with over 300 unique passwords it is a must have.

  209. Michael Ward

    Custom wrote encryption scheme which is then converted to hex code, then to bin64, then stored in a 128bit passprotected zip file. I have two passwords to remember this way, both of which are 12 non-sequential varying case characters. One is for a custom wrote encrytption decryption portable program and the other is for the zip file. All in all it would be tough to break as the program sends the shutdown signal in Windows machines after 3 wrong guesses.

  210. Mike

    I use Roboform to store my passwords. I also use a Master password to allow me to retrieve other passwords. I also use pass phrases for passwords.

  211. Kaylin

    LastPass Premium remembers passwords for me. Before that, I had one or two major passwords that I used for most sites. Then I came to realize that method is risky. My LastPass score was only 13 when I started using it, and now I have a much better score because I have changed my habits, thanks to LastPass.

  212. jeeepers

    Keepass Portable 1.19 on a flash card, Copy .db database file to a different drive and replace monthly.

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  214. Sue


  215. Ted

    3 numbers, 3 letters the third is a capital letter for the beginning name of a website and then 4 numbers.

    If I were visiting 123abH4567

  216. ebt

    I could tell you, but then I’d have to shoot you.

  217. Siro

    I use keypass.
    It sits in my dropbox and there’s always a backup copy on my usb stick. Funny thing is that my dropbox password is encoded there and i don’t know it.
    Also since discovering BoxCryptor, Keypass sits there instead of plain dropbox.

  218. Old Gnome

    1Password synched between iPad and Windows 7.

  219. Chelle

    I have a fairly low-tech way (though not as lo-tech as Jack Kniate, you go, guy!)

    I do not record the REAL password anywhere — I use codes such as, if one was based on my dogs name, let’s say it’s Lojack, I’d do a fairly strong password like Lo2468Jack. But in the email record I keep (see below) I’d use Lojack’s NICKNAME to indicate it, putting the Title case letters in the same place, and I’d bump the numbers up by a standard number I never change – in this case let’s say by one, so I’d record it as Wo3579Jammy. 0nly I’d be able to break this code, even amongst folks who know me and nicknames I may use, due to the number change as well.

    I have a folder in my email called WebMo where I file all such items. I record all of the relevant information, including which alias address I used, username, the password encoded as per above, url of the site, any relevant confirmation information,etc. all in one email — send it to myself and file it in WebMo. I make sure the subject line is clear so when I’m trolling later, it’s easy to spot.

  220. mrmagik

    excel spreadsheet that i keep on my flashdrive

  221. Julia Dawn Mason

    I keep my passwords in a Day planner that I keep under my computer desk. I do not have any teenagers since all my kids are grown. My daughter lives with us and her son does not have use of my computer.If he has to get on a computer, he gets on his mother’s laptop. The only others that use my computer is my husband and oldest son who still lives with us. Husband and son’s computer has a problem with the video portion of the motherboard (computer was built for them by youngest son) I can’t solve the problem since we can’t get the key board to work with the computer. IF it would work I would choose Start Windows normally.

  222. Alice

    eWallet on PC and syncs with iPhone wirelessly

  223. oldquigley

    I use RoboForm to keep track of my Passwords. I can make them as secure as I want to. I am fond of using Hexadecimal (0 thru 9 + A thru F) and I can make them as many digits as the site will allow.

  224. Brett

    it’s a secret!

    okay okay, i use a personal cipher

  225. Charles

    Like aproposnix above I use:

    Keepass on Windows
    KeepassX on Linux
    KeepassDroid on Android.

    Dropbox to keep them all synced.

  226. Jason

    I use LastPass with a Yubikey for 2-factor authentication. The passwords are available everywhere (mobile apps, extensions for every browser, even just logging into the site if i’m on a public or friends computer). LastPass generates strong passwords for you and keeps track of them, in an encrypted format. You need to come up with your own strong password. It’s easy enough to do. Come up with an acronym and add a couple of symbols and numbers and use upper and lower case. Try and make it look random. Too many features to mention. Check it out at The basic version is free. 2-factor support costs $12/year. Well worth it.!

  227. Tom


  228. tharris

    I use KeePass. It’s an open source password manager. It works great!

  229. JimB

    Similar to VinX’s post

    3 stages:
    1) a set of words – sentence, phrase, addresses etc that you can remember – needs to make a string that is at least 50 characters long
    2) an algorithm that allows you to get a set of characters from that set of words – such as every ‘n’ characters
    3) write down the start point in that string, and the value of ‘n’ that you will use and the number of characters…

    And – for those ‘passwords’ that require numeric values the location within the string of the numeric that will be generated from the alpha code in the string – either a=1..i=9, j=10 etc.

    And for those that require a non-numeric character there is the characters associated with the number on the keyboard that you get from using the number generator from the string

    so – that’s 3 numbers, and optionally – another 1 or 2 numbers.
    you get to write down a 5 digit code that lets you re-create the passcode, but never write down the source string so no-one else can calculate it.
    For the number and special character – you decide if the clue number is going to be from the string start, from the startpoint (first number) , or from the end point 1st+2nd*3rd etc.

    Once you have the algorithm pick a character to be the Capital letter, the number and the specialcharacter
    Consistency makes it easy to remember the character selection algorithm/calculation/formula and after a while you won’t even have problems remembering the source string.
    Source – string – what names etc. do you pass on the way to work – streets, shops, business names!
    Avoids bringing the relations into it.

  230. Driftwood

    As my spouse is not computer literate (read that geek) we keep our passwords in a binder near the computer. It’s not elegant nor geeky, but it works well for us, and if I’m not available someone else that needs in can get there.

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  232. Richard Lozier

    Since 1981, I’ve used index cards and index card file box. Low tech and always handy.

  233. JBM3238

    Another vote for Keypass & Dropbox – for those same reasons!

  234. mr Human Brain

    use your brain ?

  235. Tim Miller

    I use keepass and dropbox to keep everything synced. With dozens of passwords and user names, I would go nuts trying to keep them all straight.

  236. Physoid

    Access Manager 2.0. Simple.

  237. Kosh Tolstar

    Two items.
    Micro SD, password encrypted “Calc” file, and my own memory.
    That reminds me,.. I have to update my “Calc” file.
    Silly human,.. memory doesn’t auto-sync. Have to manually update. LoL

  238. Deniz Sevki Kayabay

    I put all my passwords in an encrypted Excel file outside of my computer ( on a backup HDD ).
    If properly encrypted, an excel file with not an obvious name does the work well…
    Nothing went wrong yet for the last 12 years…
    Also you can categorize your passwords under pages to reach them easier.
    But I advise to use different, not quite easy and random passwords for every other purpose and change them from time to time.

  239. David

    I use a little known program called Spb Wallet. Place to hold passwords and to generate new ones.

  240. Chicago Bob

    I use Robo Form Pro, Have been for many years. And I love it. You can get a free version, But it’s storage capacity is limited.

  241. Dietmar

    I’ve used the free version of Roboform for years and recently added Sticky Password.

  242. Shawn

    lastpass + standard password for most logins, and different one for critical logins like bank, gmail

  243. Art€

    I use Keepass synchronised with Dropbox. I used to use (ans still do sometimes) nursery rymes with letters from each word and numbers. The big advantage with Keepass is you can generate extremely long passwords which are I feel more secure.

  244. Thomas Clover

    +1 LastPass

  245. Rizla

    i have 10 alpha numeric passwords and i just remember them :) the power of memory is greater than any program :D

  246. Fred Jordan

    I use Microsoft Office One Note with a password protected tab.

  247. dave

    I use Locknote, simple text editor.

    website – usedid – password

    arranged alphabetically. backup religiously.

  248. JOAN73

    ROBOFORM IS THE VERY MOST VALUABLE ICON ON MY COMPUTER. Adding a new one to your few hundred is just automatic. Using one means click Robo toolbar icon…alphabetical list…click one you want. Or there’s “easy” list of the last several you’ve used. Small initial cost. Have used for years. Free for first nine so give it a try.

  249. Out_Cold

    I have a base password I use for anything that is non sensitive. For anything actually worth my time, I use chunks of meaningfull letters or acronyms and numbers and mix them up. So one password might be AbC345xyZ while another password might be 345AbCxyZ. I have probably close to 2 dozen passwords that all carry some sort of variation of another.

  250. mcapehart


  251. bumalong

    Encrypted Metapad files. With Metapad, I can enter not only pwls, but also clickable links to sites.

  252. Carol


  253. Jay

    password safe

  254. Michael

    Keepass portable on Dropbox, used for Win, Linux, Droid – on USB for those situations where internet isn’t accessible, tho in most such cases i’m probably more interested in running antivirus and downloading drivers, rather than trying to look up any critical passwords! Haven’t had to access from MacOS yet.

  255. beergas

    LastPass for sure on Win 7 x64 IE9. Bit of a learning curve to figure minizing the added line it makes to IE9 (checkbox in LP’s Prefs). Their server holds a Vault for backup to your own.
    Hardly any sites fail to work. Fill Form too.
    So many active sites I’d be lost w/o it. Tried all the others, settled on LP.

  256. tp

    i use essential pim portable for passwords and just about everything else.. awesome app that I’ve used for many years..

  257. mikebravo

    I keep a Rolodex of passwords next to my home computer. The three important ones I keep in my head. I have a single password that I use on what I consider to be ‘crap’ sites that I do not care about. I avoid doing anything on line that involves my credit card or financial sites when I am away from home.

  258. Canuck50

    LasPass is the only way to go. Have been using LastPass for years with no problems what so ever.

  259. mustang65

    I use RoboForm to generate and keep track of passwords. Wouldn’t be w/o it! You can control the level of security and add notes such as answers to confirmation questions (i.e., name of your first pet).

  260. Laser

    Last Pass. It’s just so easy. It even reminds me to use it when I’m not even thinking about it.

  261. Dibyam

    I store my Password in Smart Card.

  262. ichido

    KeePassX on Ubuntu Linux.
    It’s Great!

  263. BigCOOP

    Roboform 6.0

  264. Firegirl

    I work in IT. I don’t believe in writing passwords down in any way, shape, or form. So, I have about 200+ passwords memorized in my little head. Sometimes it takes me a few tries, but I can usually figure it out before a lockout occurs.

    I think there is a VERY small list of passwords stored for work stored in the safe there, just in case I fall off the face of the earth one day….

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  266. Richard

    Lastpass and Ascendo Data Vault (on my Blackberry) I tried Lastpass for the Blackberry but was disappointed because it really does not adapt to the Blackberry browser.

  267. habil bozali

    i use LastPass..

  268. zeepkist

    one for gmail and one for the bank, both in my head.
    for the rest, like this site or the washington post or lifehacker or bitfenix forum…….all the same password.
    why should i have 200+ passwords?

  269. Demetre

    I have a system that helps me remember all my passwords…
    I also keep them in a password protected xls file which is encrypted in a folder which is saved in an external backup disk…


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  271. richie

    i memorize my passwords. I have about 10 of them and i don’t always remember them so i have to either reset it or go through all of mine one by one. I usually just reset it because nowadays I get only 3 tries them I’m locked out.

  272. Hamburger

    i use a key phrase for the first part of my password which is the same in all of the passwords but then another phrase for the last half of the password. Helps keep it common but different enough that its hard to guess, since the last part can be anythign really. Also, I use numbers, letters, and symbols to help make it more secure. This way no 2 passwords are the same but its a system that is enough for me to remember, but hard enough for other people to crack.
    Important things such as bank passwords are competely different from anything though and have nothing in common with any of my other passwords.

  273. Mark Wayne

    I like to use a program called Wallet by SPB Software which runs on my phone (Mobile 5) and syncs to the desktop.
    However, I certainly do not like to have to access it for every single password I create and I never use the same password twice. To help me remember I use a similar pattern for each type or class (logins, email, website access etc) of password required.
    For example: Login passwords to the various computers that I have access to might use a pattern composed as follows (number,number,number,letter,letter,capitilized letter,special character,number, number) this then ensures a strong password. Then to help differentiate between login passwords, I only change the one or more of the series of characters use.
    Therefore once I remember the pattern for desktop logins accessing each system is simply a matter of one or two small changes to the rhythm.
    Finally I always keep a paper copy of all passwords stored 100 meters or more from my base computer system.

  274. George

    Have used RoboForm for years…

  275. rMatey180

    I use Password Gorilla, which fits on a USB thumbdrive or installs on the system, and works on Linux, Windows and MAC. It stores all your user names and passwords, along with login information and other notes, in a securely encrypted file. A single “master password” is used to protect the file. This way, you only need to remember the single master password, instead of the many logins that you use. The convenience of Password Gorilla allows you to choose different, non-intuitive passwords for each service. An integrated random password generator can provide one-time passwords, tunable to various services’ policies, and the password does not appear on the screen, Password Gorilla is safe to use in the presence of others.
    The Password Gorilla generated database is besides compatible to actual Password Safe 3.2 databases. The password is SHA256 protected and the database contents are encrypted with Bruce Schneier’s Twofish algorithm. Brute force attacks are prevented by key stretching.
    Now if I didn’t have to remember the single master password…..

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  277. ed

    I copy the sign-in page containing all the user name/id, the questions/answers, type in the password, & print it.
    I file each of the prints alphabetically in an accordion file with slots for A to Z.
    I don’t use any program to store passwords or remember passwords.
    My passwords are usually 7 to 9 random alphanumeric characters, unless the site wants more complexity.
    This is for the desktop in home environment — and it works.

  278. Fred

    RoboForm For Everywhere

  279. A

    I use an external fingerprint reader from eikon that encrypts and stores both my passwords and fingerprints on the internal memory of the reader. It makes it so that my logging on is as easy as the swipe of a finger.

  280. Jason B.

    LastPass. After listening to Steve Gibson’s examination of it on Security Now, I trust it for everything that I can use it with.

  281. Ron

    I use the local telephone directory , I pick a shop on a long road say Kababs at 1234 punt rd somthing that is hinted at by the site type and use that as a pass word and if I ever forget it there is usually a phone directory to look it up wherever I might be.

  282. Paul

    Pick a number/expression that you will remember, preferably alpha-numeric, for example your National Insurance number (or whatever it is you colonials call it :-) Drivers licence or whatever.
    Something on the lines of: aB123456C Alternating upper /lower case
    split it somewhere aB 123456C
    Then insert in the middle the name of the site / application.
    So for Gmail the password would become aBGma1l123456C using the number 1 for the letter i, the number zero for the letter o and 3 for the letter e
    For Yahoo aBYah0023456C
    Amex aBAm3x23456C etc etc

    You then have a rememberable system, which produces a strong password different for each application, which you will not need to write down.

  283. marian

    a little notebook

  284. TLW

    Whew. Good to see LastPass made it on The Geek list :)

  285. Aeronx

    I use a methodology to prepare unique passwords to individual sites by using a ‘hint’ from the site.
    This hint can be the first letter of the site name, abbreviation or something that I can remember when I see it after some time.

    I use Clipperz to store passwords BUT I use some masking when saving passwords there too.
    eg: Original Password: star123
    Stored at Clipperz: s…1.3

    I know this is too simple password but we can extend it by adding extra length.

  286. Willie

    Have used KeePass and store it off computer and never have had it breached. A great Program.

  287. GmaDragon

    Oh heck … the old fashioned way … written on a now dogeared listing that has wite out on it written over the old changed ones … and let my browser keep track of them as well. Using Norton’s way of keeping passwords helps … except Firefox doesn’t let me have the Norton toolbar any longer.

  288. Marty K

    I use Password Safe as I have for the last several years. Works great and is easy to use and best of all is Freeware.

    My wife keeps them all in a little notebook on her desk awaiting someone to steal them

  289. Mark

    I use Password Depot 4 & 5 from AceBIT. Have been using it since Version 2 and its saved my butt on more than one occasion. Considering I’ve been computing since the early 1980s, I now have in excess of hundreds of sites that all need passwords and trying to remember them, let alone change them to be safe would be near to impossible without some place to store them. It allows me to randomly generate up to a 50 character password, incorporating not only alphanumeric characters, but symbols as well, increasing exponentially the difficulty for someone else to crack my passwords. Too, its portable, can be put on a flash drive if necessary and now has a version that I can share passwords with my Android phone if need be. It does the heavy lifting for me, when I need that lifting done. Granted its not free, but in this, you definitely get what you pay for.

  290. Demonkunga
  291. Mike

    I use a method that is completely secure. I can still write most of the information down.
    I have a special address book used to list user names or id’s for sites, but for the passwords I use hints. These are hints that are known only to me and no one else can possibly break. They are not the passwords themselves and are not really similar or close to the real password in any way. They are simply words that can remind me of the password used. I use special characters, numbers, a minimum of 8 digits, usually more etc. The more important the need for security the more difficult the password. This method works very well and is very secure.
    I will admit in my striving for absolute security, I have on rare occasion forgot the password and had to reset. I also use additional forms of security but do not wish to divulge them. I have to admit I am retired from an Agency well known for its security.

  292. Richard Mann

    RoboForm2Go on a USB flash drive. Just upgraded to RoboForm Anywhere. Nice!

  293. Bryan

    I use Google Docs to store my vast array of accounts and their respective passwords. Because of this, my Google password is the most complex, and changes the most often, and I memorize it so it is not written down anywhere. Another tip that I picked up early on is that no two passwords of mine are the same. There may be similarities between a couple, but they are all different. In the spreadsheet I also keep track of the last time I changed my password on that site, and I make sure I keep a regular password change schedule. That also helps me get rid of accounts that I no longer use anymore.

  294. Andrew

    I use my favorite animal names plus my favorite years. When the password needs changing, I cycle through these again. It is hard to remember which one I am up to sometimes, so I also use a notebook as a backup.

  295. Kim

    Roboform is the bomb……..been using it for years…

  296. Dean

    An encrypted word and PDF file on my flash drive as I have the portable apps suit which has a portable PDF reader

  297. Bruce

    Password Safe (PS). I leave it on my server in my home office and VPN to it if I’m on the road. KeePass looks to be similar in approach but I’ve not tried it (probably would if I had not settled on PS first, has some additional features that look interesting).

    I tried LastPass, which looked like a great idea, but it turned out to be more awkward than just using PS+VPN. I do use Chrome Sync (with a strong windows password) to automate entry for most userids/passwords.

    All passwords are random (letters+numbers+specials) and generated by PS. I have no clue what my passwords are, except for the master password to PS. PS is backed up daily, including offsite.

  298. Jay


  299. whynnot

    LastPass on Linux and Droid. Of late been running into KeePass, tempted to look into it

  300. Chuck1944

    Simply keep a NOTEPAD titled Gen Info and enter EVERYTHING I need to keep track of passwords, credit info, dates, names etc. in one long continuous A-Z listing & weekly copy it to an external hard drive. AND most importantly I NEVER type any “password” info – I always copy & paste from the Gen Info Notepad listing. If, on rare occasions, I can’t use copy & paste I use the onscreen keyboard to enter data. I do A LOT of P2P downloading & have been infected by keyloggers who get nothing of my info this way until I run my periodic scans to find and delete them.

  301. Joydeep

    in my head! :) and also an excel sheet just is case….

  302. charlee

    LastPass works for me.

  303. Rick

    I use old reliable…..a peace of paper still attached in the middle of a notebook, written close to the left margin so it’s not real visible when you flip through it.

  304. vicsar

    I use

  305. donna

    I keep all of the bzillion passwords I have in an address book along with the e-mail account I use for each as well as the userid. When I change the password, just erase what is there, add the new one and move one.

    Would rather not trust my passwords to an online site.

  306. G

    HI , i have th e same issue many times i forget passwords .. But is this lastpass or keypass are reliable ?if we loose or if someone cracks one single password everything is gone isn’t it ?

  307. Doug

    Here is my fear. If I wanted to steal passwords – I would write the most user friendly and feature rich program possible. Then I would put it out there for free. For the record – I use iPassMan.

  308. Donna

    KeePass for the most part. InFormEnter for not-so-secret website log-ins and such

  309. Mihosh

    Roboform paid version

  310. Tracie

    I must be the only one that doesn’t think that EVERY damned thing on the internet or your computer should have or need a username and high-tech super-security password. To me, it’s annoying beyond belief.

    Banks and other things that involve money (if anyone even has any these days), I get. Obviously. Everything else? Why??? No one cares.

    On the other hand, I also wonder why so many deeply security conscious people entrust programs and cloud-computing cyber-space with all of their passwords. I guess I’m old-fashioned; if it’s not in my head or in my house, I wouldn’t trust it to not be screwed with by someone or permanently lost through some glitch in a system somewhere.

    But I have to say I DO like DBWheeler’s “Pattern Password” thing.

  311. Bill

    Roboform. If I want a great password, I can have it create one. However, I have one or two sites that are impossible to crack…even Roboform doesn’t have that password.

  312. Flaco

    I use Xmarks of Firefox….

  313. Chris Broussard

    I’ve been using Roboform since it first came out, works great for me. But I am intrigued by how many folks use KeePass, LastPass I may check them out to see what they have to offer.

  314. Tom Nation

    I use Ascendo DataVault as it has a BlackBerry app which sync’s with the database on the PC. This is a free-form database so it holds lots of info, not just URL, name, and password.

  315. Benji

    I totally agree with Chris Broussard; Except, I love my Roboform so much I just can’t see any reason to try anything else! Roboform does everything I could ever want. It is a miracle how it fills in the drop down boxes when I need to enter my personal information. It also lets you save the secret answers to the questions that some sites ask at times to log in.

  316. Bob Metcalf

    I use MySecurityVault (White Canyon)which encrypts chosen files and folders. Fortunately I’m able to remember the password which opens the vault!

  317. astral_cyborg

    KeePass Password Safe and backing up the database file regularly.

  318. Niko

    LastPass +1

  319. G-Man

    KeePass running on my home computer. I let KeePass generate lengthy and random passwords for any website I plan to visit more than once. All I have to remember is one long master password created by taking the first letter of each word in a (non-famous) quotation that has great personal significance but that no one else could ever know. After synching the primary db file if necessary, it is backed up daily to 1 of 7 floppies (labeled Sun – Sat) and to a USB stick. The floppies stay in a fire-resistant safe in the house away from the computer. The USB stick travels with me everywhere so I always have physical access to it wherever I happen to be. Three times a week I also email the db file to my web email account so there’s always a recent version accessible if I should inexplicably lose access to the original db and both physical backup versions. Works great for me!

  320. Leonardtj

    I just use the same password everywhere and make it simple to remember right now it is “password”. is that bad?

  321. Bobby

    I use Lastpass…..

  322. Meir

    I use only ONE password for the whole of the WWW. BUT I never never do any money transactions with the use of this password only.

  323. Vaidya

    Can some one guide about how to use dropbox and keepass, which files to be saved or backed up, or how to use it in combination of usb drive etc. or point me towards some website where I can find this.

    Thanks. Regards

  324. Antrikshy

    I simply use the same password everywhere. But that doesn’t make it less secure.

    Some important accounts, like Facebook and Google use super-strong versions of my password. My computer is protected with the unguessable super-strong password too, and not even my family knows about it. So I can let Firefox simply remember the password for everywhere.

    And the usual: Keep cycling your passwords.

  325. Chrystopher

    With around 150 different user names and passwords to remember, I use an Excel spreadsheet which is only ever saved to a flash disk. The spreadsheet is printed every time any details are changed and the printout is locked away. This works well at work and at home and many of my work colleagues have adopted the same routine.

  326. DeanoKidd

    I use my laptop password, which I only tell to the 3 most trusted of my schoolmates.

  327. Chamberly

    Wow. A lot of comments here.

    I normally use a USB flash drive. A few in notepad, and a few in other type of file that can’t be opened by windows default, gotta have a specific program to read it. I have over 25+ password, it is not even funny to try to remember them all. All password are different. All security are different. As for security, I set up my own q/a. Simple…
    Q: Hello, welcome to Yahoo! (Or other things, like jkfld;ajfk;sdjfksdl;fjsdl;fsdl; lol)
    A: (Insert random answers here, cause it really don’t matter at all)

    Also, do keep a copy of q/a, and your profile information. Because if someone try to hack in and change it, let say, on a yahoo email account, you can contact yahoo customer service and they’ll ask you for your ID, etc. so you will have it with you, you should have no problem trying to gain it back. :)

  328. drzzzzz

    I have different, strong passwords for everything.
    I use LastPass and eWallet.

  329. Keeepaaasss

    Keepass synced through Dropbox. Same version on Windows & Linux ;)

  330. Neener

    I have a small address book that I keep all my passwords in – In Pencil. I change them about every 90 days. I keep that book with me at all times, and I have a second book (copy) that stays in my desk.

  331. Cheryl

    Passwords are kept in a Word table, sorted alpha. I keep one copy at my desk, one in my car, and one backed up offline (carbonite). They are strong passwords, no mother’s maiden name, dog or kids names etc. This has worked for me for nearly twenty years.

  332. SKC

    I use the same simple passwords for sites that should not need security however for more secure sites
    I used and Cryptainer for some years. However when I moved to Win7 it would no longer work. Even though I had bought it, the company were not at all sympathetic. Never again that program!

    I am now very happy with Keepass which generates many of my passwords for me. So much so that have donated at least once. (Thankfully I could “copy and paste” my +-80 passwords from Cryptainer into it on a WinXP machine!) Also Truecrypt is most useful. Viva Open Source. They deserve as much use, help & donations as we can give. (Have also replaced M$Office with the excellent Open Office)

  333. Speedbump

    Lastpass and Xmarks.

  334. Chris

    I use RoboForm2Go on a fingerprint protected flash drive, backed up to an encrypted file on my PC, for all my passwords except for on line banking which I memorize. Most forums I use the same user name and password to keep things simple.

    It works well for me.

  335. Travis

    I have been using KeePass to keep track of my passwords. It was free and it gets the job done.

  336. StarsLikeDust

    + 1 for KeePass Portable synced with Dropbox. To make KeePass run on OSX I use Mono while on my Linux machines I use Wine. The only downside is Mono takes a bit of set-up on OSX and I usually like to make a apple-script launcher so I don’t have to enter several terminal commands to open KeePass. (Yes I really am that lazy) Otherwise it works great where ever I have an Internet connection.

  337. SCIFI

    RoboForm 6 on flash drive.

  338. Steve

    I use Roboform To Go and desktop versions, really good software, wouldn’t be without it now, saves so much time and I like the security of it especially with keylogging and scams.

  339. James H.

    Norton Identity Safe

  340. Dave Mack

    I use a old fashion paper family phone book, Sites are listed alphabetically for quick find, passwords are site name as seen on home page plus a clue that equals a set of 6 numbers that mean something to me only. So you can not hack my PW, and even if you steel the book, you only have half the PW along with buckshot in your bottom and a dog on your leg.
    My banking and other financial protections follow similar but different scheme, but again the pass word is never stored on any electronic media that can fail or be hacked. Yes if the house burns down I lose, but how cares then. SO, SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE is best for me at my age.

        Dave’s Quote:
    When you bring a man to a job, it might get done.
    When you bring a man with “EXPERIENCE” to a job,IT Will FOLLOW

  341. dragonbite

    Sticky notes.

  342. jimmyl405

    I have used RoboForm for 4-5 years now. Free upgrades for life at the time of purchase. Secure and safe, couldn’t do without it. It keeps everything. Easy to edit.

  343. Ben Jolin

    Keepass is the way to go. My IT buddy introduced me to it. I’m hooked.

  344. Kari

    LastPass and KeePass are just waiting in line to be hacked by Anonymous. If you can’t remember dozens of strong passwords they have to be written down somewhere. I recently posted two methods on Lifehacker under the name Java-Princess for storing and retrieving passwords securely. They put responsibility for their security where it belongs – with the password user. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be possible to get a link to them owing to the site’s unusual format so I’m going to have to post the two methods here. The first is for advanced computer users and is a way of storing your strong password in any random place on your computer and being able to easily access it – only you knowing how. This is only suitable if you use one machine as it doesn’t transfer well. The second is a method to write your password down in plain site without anyone knowing how to use it and can be carried in your pocket book or tattooed on your forehead.

    1. The Advanced Method.
    Here’s another way to store long complex strong passwords completely dissociated from their corresponding site and username. It makes use of a little-known feature of Windows. To save you flaming me I’ll admit upfront storing passwords anywhere is not good but there is an easy answer – get a better memory.
    Hit the Start button, type Run and drag a shortcut to Run onto the desktop. You don’t need to do this but the Run dialog box is needed in this method and it shortens the process by one step. Go to any folder on your computer and create a .txt file in Notepad. Type in your strong password and save it under any random name you want – 000001.txt is good but anything will do because once set up you can forget it. Make a note of the path to this file.
    Open regedit as administrator if necessary and go here – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths. Rightclick App Paths and select New/Key. Give the key a name which reflects your site – bank, fbook, pr0n, etc. but for security don’t use the domain name, and put a .exe on the end, for example fbook.exe. Right click on the associated Default registry key in the contents pane and select Modify. The value to enter is the path to the 000001.txt file including the 000001.txt, for example C:\Users\Elvis\My Hit Records00001.txt. Right click in an empty area and select New/String value. Rename the key Path and give it the value of the path to the file but minus the filename e.g. C:\Users\Elvis\My Hit Records. Now, click the Run shortcut you made earlier and type in fbook. The text file (000001.txt) will open and your strong password can be copied and pasted into your application. Repeat for each site/password combination you have.
    What you have just done is create a custom Run command just like when you type notepad or whatever in the Run box. This custom command opens your text file containing the password. It has merits as a password storage system because the only way to associate the contents of the text file with the site is by the name you gave it in your head (bank, fbook). If anyone comes across the file they won’t know what the contents mean.

    2. The Simple Method.

    Here’s how you can write down your passwords in plain site of everyone without them knowing what they are.
    Instead of using a random string of characters for your password use password components instead. What’s a password component? It’s a letter or string of characters – the last four of your social security number for example is a password component, your birthday, your initials, cat’s name, car license plate, etc. Use each component as you would use a character and trim them all to four characters max. Give each component an id, for example your birthday would be bd, last four l4 etc. Do similar for punctuation – @ = at, ! = ep; then write down the identifiers in the order you use them in the password. For example –
    birthday = 80/1/9 = 8019= bd
    last four = 0419 = l4
    cat’s name = roadkill = ro$aD = pN. Uppercase indicates first or last letter is capitalized. Use a consistent splitter character to break up the word into a non-word
    initials = KK = IN
    password = ro$aD8019@0419KK! equates to pNbdatl4INep. Insert a few hyphens or spaces for added obscurity to stop the two character pattern from being noticed.
    Now, if you write down Facebook pw= pNb-datl 4I/Nep most people will do the obvious. The extra layer of indirection is sufficient to fool everyone. It is as easy or hard to crack for a machine as any other strong password given sufficient resources but it is much easier to retrieve as it’s written down – the medium humans are most at ease with.

  345. ImTheTypeOfGuy


    It keeps my passwords synched across four machines.

  346. Alistair Driscoll

    I would definitely recommend using LastPass. All you have to do is log into LastPass and click the website you wish to check out. The tool then automatically logs you on securely to the selected site. It will even complete all the forms needed to buy goods online if you have stored your home address, telephone number and credit-card details in the vault as well. You can generate secure passwords with letters, numbers, signs and symbols, open favourites and store secure notes e.g. software licences driving licence numbers, credit cards etc.

  347. Tom

    I use only three or four passwords for almost all of my various accounts but I do have some extra passwords for accounts that, for one reason or another, won’t accept my normal passwords. I keep an encrypted file with my login and password information in case I need to look any up.

  348. Nohaybanda


  349. gF

    +1 for LastPass

  350. John C

    Like Jaye I use a system of my own invention which has a mix of upper and lower case characters, numbers and non-alphanumeric characters.

    Also, I own my own domain so I register using a different email address on each site.

    I’ve been known to go back to sire that I last visited a couple of years previosuly and, using my system, I know both the email address and the password.

    An advantage of using different email addresses is that you can find out easily who is responsible for all the spam email you get (are you listening AVG and CompareTheMarket?). The latter is so bad that I now delete message to that email address on the server.

    I use totally different and unique passwords for any financial sites (banks / credit cards / paypal etc).

  351. Michael G

    I use SignupShield. I like the fact that it can memorize more than one page of passwords per site logon.

  352. Tony B

    I have all details in a TXT file which is zipped under 256bit encryption

    When doing a Bank logon, even here at home, I copy and paste the information in

    On the rare occasion when away from home I always use windows on screen Keyboard – OSK

  353. Bill

    I use a spread sheet with hyperlinks for my websites. Then I use passphrase hints in the spreadsheet. Then I encrypt the spreadsheet when its backed up.

  354. Erika

    I have never heard of Keepass or LastPass. I use a few different passwords, forget which one I’ve used, then have to ask for a reminder or reset my password everytime I log into a site I haven’t used for ages.

  355. Kev

    Roboform – on the only occasion it went t**s up, their support was excellent

  356. Jerry

    RoboForm – been using it for years

  357. BillyGoat

    I use Passwords Plus by Dataviz. It syncs with my palm computer and works in Win 7 (by bluetooth)

  358. eng.dero
  359. The Beav

    I have a simple method for creating good, secure password that is easy to remember. Just choose a sentence related to the account or a line from your favorite song, and use the first letter of each word. Maybe throw in a capitol or a number on the end and you have a pretty secure passsword that should be easy to remember. Then just throw any decent password safe on your phone as a backup.

    Ex: “I love how to geek” = ilhtG123

  360. Richard Bishop

    I use Roboform and for backup, I’ve been using Whisper32 since 1998

  361. Paul Barros

    I use Last Pass.

  362. Bev Carlson

    I write them down in a notebook.

  363. Robert Smith

    I use StickyPassword. It works great and once I open it it automatically signs me in to all my sites as I open them. It is encrypted and backed up and I can see the passwords if I want to, but I just let it generate random passwords for me. I also have a copy on a flash drive so I can use it on any computer. All I have to remember is one password and it is 12 characters long with upper case, lower case, numbers and punctuation so no one would ever guess it.

  364. OldBob

    I tried LastPass but it wouldn’t import my Sticky Password database (v4.1). I exported the database to an xml file, but the importing process reported 0 records imported.

    Any suggestions – other than sticking with Sticky Password :)

  365. jake

    right on Erika… me too. and if it’s been a really really long time since logging in I’ve most likely misplaced my username and have to register anew.
    a word of caution to all you wonderful young people who ‘just memorise them’ -wait until your brain is full and you can’t recall :) maybe you don’t realise yet -that happens to our elders and that’s where we’re heading.
    I keep my important passwords in an excell table on a non-encrypted USB in my fire proof safe and a copy on a CD off site; my least important passwords are in my MS Outlook Contacts -none of which is really satisfactory!

  366. Lee Spyke

    I keep my passwords in memory.And in case I forget a password,I have a backup with on my USB Pendrive.A general password for less important stuff(like website registrations,etc) ,and specific ones for emails and other important stuff!

  367. Abdkamel


  368. Thomas

    I use E-Wallet which is a leftover from Palm PDA era but they have updated and evolved and also have a Android companion application for your phone.

  369. Jim

    Similar to person above. I only use about 3 passwords – one for regular stuff, one for confidential stuff, and one for secret stuff. Keep in my head though I did print out a list ‘cuz at my advanced age, I might forget them. Have several layers of firewalls and daily run programs which gets rid of any spyware, adware, etc. which might get through.

  370. Toto2

    Just a list of passwords in a “doctored” ascii file using my made up “language”.

  371. Frank

    In the past I have had two different softwares for storing and using passwords (successfully) but when my computer was destroyed all my passwords went with it. Yes, I had written them down on 3 X 5 cards. And I had an inch thick stack of cards! I developed a new system independent of the computer and the cards.
    (1) I have a moderately good ‘core’ password which is restricted to a mixture of 8 to 10 letters and numbers (because most places will at least accept numbers and letters.) I have this written down some place but I have it committed to memory also for the past 70 years. I never have to refer to the written record of it but it is available for my heirs (I am 93.)
    (2) For each site that requires a password I add letters, and/or numbers, and/or characters to the ‘core,’ at the beginning, and/or at the end and/or the middle.according for each site that. My separate list is on one 3 x 5 card beside me all the time at the computer. The ‘core’ does not show, only the added characters which are meaningless to any intruder or even others living with me, without the ‘core.’
    Note that I can change the ‘core’ any time if I want to or if I have to. Yes, I have to type it in but I’ve been a fast typist since 1936. My system is working just fine. I feel scure too.

  372. Gman
  373. homer

    I just use the word ‘password’ for everything simple

  374. homer

    it saves having to remember different ones and it mostly crap sites I am on anyway

  375. gandhi77

    Lastpass works great for me

  376. David

    I used to use eWallet on my palm but when I switched to a Blackberry I started using DataVault. I use it for much more than passwords. I have my kids chart numbers, ID numbers (SSI), (Drivers License) (Auto Regs), also bank routing and acct numbers, software serial numbers, TV, Computer, and other toys’ serial numbers and every other piece of info I may ever need. other SplashShopper it is my most used app.

  377. Ddbord

    I use ONE password that is stored in my safe deposit box so my heirs can retrieve it!

    It’s so complicated, that I had a former hacker/cracker try to break my code. He didn’t come close.
    I can type this password before any of you can do that Lastpass or KeyPass thingy!
    Just 14 characters~ Not in order, and you jusat have to memorize it once.
    It has uppercase, lowercase, signs and numbers–

    Why do you need ALL those passwords?


  378. yelion

    I just remember all of it in mind , i have almost 10 password.

  379. Sherry

    Excel spreadsheet, several worksheets. One worksheet for credit cards, numbers, exp dates, website & p/w, Another worksheet for websites, name, link and password. Another worksheet for those pesky security questions/answers. I believe that I have several hundred links and p/ws…home and work too. I try to use the same or similar p/ws repeatedly. One group for not so important accesses, another for critical accesses such as vendor accounts. The speadsheet is password protected too.

  380. RichM

    I use LastPass it has been the best one that I have found. I have been in the computer business since the 60’s and believe in very strong passwords that are different on important sites. And what I like best about LastPass is that it is portable even to my iPhone. and can be used on all browsers that I use (4 different ones right now)

  381. veneziaman

    RoboForm works well for me…..also has capability to fill out forms with address, phone number, etc.

  382. D

    Is no one using te integrated Firefox Password Manager (which is even encrypted with a Master Password and synced via Firefox Sync)?

  383. Sharon Norris

    I have developed a formula involving a keyword of at least 7 letters which I change every 3 months when my bank requires it. I combine the keyword with the name of the organization (e.g., facebook, paypal, etc ), in a manner which I keep in my head, converting certain letters to numbers, and using caps and special characters in a pattern I vary occasionally. I keep a list of the words, with dates, and essential info pertaining to sites, in Documents, for use with sites I don’t visit often. The result is a password of 9 charcters.

  384. Greg Rickson


  385. TimBhoy

    wot a load of pish !!

  386. dave

    WHY would anyone trust a website to keep your passwords? That is what Lastpass does.

  387. DanTex

    Roboform was a great product, but LastPass has taken their security scheme to unprecedented levels and they’ve made their product nearly irresistible if you truly look into it. They really take password security and your online experience seriously. So it’s LastPass here and I might mention that I keep a few situational uses in play for KeePass (great and trusted product!) as well.

    If you think that LastPass is “a website to keep your passwords” you owe it to yourself to actually do some security research. But if not, it’s your loss. I realize there’s no convincing everyone though, and you have to be comfortable with what you use. LastPass is one of the best software service ideas in years.

  388. MaxB

    During my life time in Australia I have owned about a dozen cars and can recall their number plates. They are in a six character format and are alpha numeric. This is also a desirable format for passwords. When the characters of a couple of number plates are strung together they appear to be random choice yet they form a strong 12 character password. Fortunately I find number plates easy to remember so I don’t need to write them down.

  389. Neal B. Scott

    Keepass on the PC
    Keepass on my Blackberry

  390. Roger

    I created an encrypted MSACCESS 2000 database to hold all my password info.

  391. Chumley

    I use Roboform and have for many years. I have a basic 8 digit “center” which is a mix of upper and lower case letters and a couple of numbers and then the site I am using the password for I begin the “center” with the first letter of the site and end with the last letter of the site. Oh, I also have an Excel spread sheet with critical passwords credit card account numbers and like bank accounts, etc in case the machine is hacked or stolen. That one is filed away safely as well as on cd and thumb drive. So far, it has worked perfectly.
    I have tried LastPass, and use it on my Linux machine, but I find it not as easy to use as Roboform.

  392. esam

    my firefox sunc store and keep my passwords synced across all my machines.

    why should i use lastpass ?

    any idea ?

  393. motahar

    actually i create a simple algorithm for me that allow me to remember my accounts passwords and to change it when the password disclosure.

  394. bstaples

    RoboForm in combination with GoodSync. Granted the new Roboform Eveywhere version has synchonization built-in so now I use GoodSync as a very effective backup (althought that is really not true!). True backup utilities store data in some compressed manner and require an application to minipulate that data. GoodSync allows me to copy and, or synchronize data across platforms or media type, or protocols. It is live, useable data for immediate use. You are only limited by your imagination of what and where you synchronize you data.

    And then RoboForm! I just don’t think I could function without it. I use RoboForm Everywhere and RoboForm 2Go if I am on a system that I do not want to install RoboForm Everywhere. Passwords, autofilling, forms and most especially SafeNotes . . . wonderful product.

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