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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Sometimes I get so tired of trying to remember usernames & passwords.
I delete most cookies, except for my main sites such as my ISP & TCS, before I shut down my computer.
Keeping track of passwords & usernames can be a big pain in the back side.
I would love to hear about your creative solutions to this ever expanding problem.
I need help.
Lei
post #2 of 16
I keep a written list off to the side of my computer. Works for me
post #3 of 16
I simply keep my cookies intact and use a good combo of anti-spyware/adware/antivirus and firewall.
post #4 of 16
In my contacts list on my computer I set up an address for myself and put my passwords in there.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
It's time to get organized.
I think that I will try all of your ideas & see which ones work for me.

I will not leave cookies on my computer though.
I have great security & spyware but I delete all cookies, except for the main ones when I shut down. I have a "thing" about stray cookies.
Thanks for your feedback.
post #6 of 16
My username/password is the same on every site I'm on, and it's a not-as-safe version of the password for my email account, which is also the same username.

I find that it's just simpler that way, and I don't exactly need high security for message boards. I also don't delete cookies, because my browser is good about asking me before it sets them.

At work, though, we need super secure passwords. It must have a capital letter, a lower case letter, a special character, and it can't have words in it (it's also strongly discouraged to have 1337 speek words, so my general password and easy-to-remember things are out). I have semi-randomized strings of letters and characters, but I have them written down on the back of my security badge, and I rotate through four of them, so they're never terribly unfamiliar.

I used to have different passwords for different things, and it drove me absolutely nuts, which is why I've headed toward a simple approach.
post #7 of 16
I use the same user name and pass word for everything.
Linda
post #8 of 16
I use the same username and the same password.

For my password I made sure that it was something that I have extreme hatred for..that way people won't guess it.
post #9 of 16
I use the same username, password, and e-mail addy for all "non-critical" sites, mostly the forum sites.That way I remember it even if it's been a while since I've been there.

The others, the ones I need to change regularly for banking sites, utility payments and such like I have my browser set on "do not remember this password ever" and I have them written down in a day-runner that I keep by my computer station, changed as necessary with the date of change. Since I used to work for IRS and it was practically a sin to write down a password, it took me a loooooooong time for me to get over my conditioning enough to actually write one down LOL.

By the way, the best passwords I've come up with for critical sites would be a foreign word purposely misspelled with the addition of some numeric or non-alphabetical symbols. It would be very hard to guess.
post #10 of 16
I use a password minder for forum type passwords - I log into password minder using a 'secure' password and log back out when I am done - I am useless at passwords!

For my email etc I use memorable 'secure' passwords - things no one would really know about me with numbers replacing letters etc.
post #11 of 16
Great password tracking software, AnyPassword. It encrypts them and even allows you a spot to put in a link so you keep the login/password right there with the link.

Best price: Free!

http://www.download.com/Any-Password...ml?tag=lst-0-1

I have the pro version at work. With several hundred logins and passwords - I would be insane (more insane) then I already am.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
I just downloaded this software. Thanks so much.
I am going to try using it.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Talon
Great password tracking software, AnyPassword. It encrypts them and even allows you a spot to put in a link so you keep the login/password right there with the link.

Best price: Free!

http://www.download.com/Any-Password...ml?tag=lst-0-1

I have the pro version at work. With several hundred logins and passwords - I would be insane (more insane) then I already am.
post #13 of 16
Besides my emails and my computer password....I have the same password for everything else.....that works for me.....
post #14 of 16
I've been using the same password for 8 years! I want to start making it something else, but it's such a habit now!

You could try using Roboform to keep your login/passwords for you, or use the Firefox browser which keeps them as well. Of course, if you share a computer with someone you don't trust, maybe that's not a good idea. Roboform lets you set a master password to access all your logins but, I don't know how it works because I've never used it.
post #15 of 16
i have 3 fairly secure passwords, that i use for things like my bank account, etc. & my bank requires me to change it regularly.
then i have one that isn't as secure, that i use for bulletin boards, etc.
also, i mostly go online here at work, where we have a very secure firewall... won't even let me go on webites where particular words are used. once it blocked 'blindsexpress' because the word 'sex' is in the URL
post #16 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nebula11
Besides my emails and my computer password....I have the same password for everything else.....that works for me.....
Me too!!
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