How Do You Create and Store Passwords?

Amer Alharbi asked:

What is the best way for you to creat a password and manage your password? I use 1password and I also write it on a piece of paper.

I asked several of my friends, and overwhelmingly people are using LastPass. I highly recommend setting and using a master password with your account for an extra layer of security. LastPass allows you to create unique and secure passwords for every site you register on! Not reusing the same password is crucial… especially when it’s for a site that contains personal or financial information.

As for writing them down on a piece of paper: I know many people who do that. I just don’t think it’s very safe. What if someone broke into your house and hit the motherload by finding that paper and accessing your bank account? Why not create a simple text document with the passwords on it and store it on a backup drive/device that is protected with a complicated password? That would be a LOT more secure than a piece of paper.

What methods are all of YOU using to create and save/store/remember your passwords?

How Do You Create and Store Passwords?

5 thoughts on “How Do You Create and Store Passwords?”

  1. I know I need to use more than the 2 passwords that I have been, but is there a password manager app that will cross the borders od mt iPad, Windows 8 Smartphone, and my PC laptop running windows 7? I suppose I could keep a text file in Evernote, but I want a password generator too!

    1. LastPass works for Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS. I use it on my Windows 7 PC and have the Android app (which costs $12/Year), so it is extremely handy for having secure passwords without having to remember them or store them insecurely.

  2. I concur with the LastPass. I’ve been using it for nearly 2 years now over many computers and several OS fresh installs without losing my passwords.

  3. I concur with the LastPass. I’ve been using it for nearly 2 years now over many computers and several OS fresh installs without losing my passwords.

  4. I use KeePass Portable in Windows and KeePassX in Linux. If I make changes to one database under one OS, I email the database file to myself and download it to the other OS. Not to worried about some one getting the database file as it is useless without the key file which I don’t email. KeePass/KeePassX has the same capabilities as LastPass.

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