An easy safe online way to keep track of account numbers and passwords?

  • silverfox

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    Jul 07, 2011 4:41 PM GMT
    If you are like me you have a shit load of passwords and account numbers for everything from internet site logins (like RJ!) to bank institutions.I know I can write every single login and password down but how to access from where ever I might happen to be?

    So I started to wonder what kind of system, or maybe site or app you use to keep track of it all? Whatever you do is most likely better than what I do so I am all ears......
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    shouldn't there be "an app for that" already? ha

    i usually try not to be a member of too many sites. like before joining rj i made sure that i deleted myspace ;) i also try to use the same user name as much as possible when asked to create one. same goes for passwords.
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    Checkout 1Password
  • in_this_corne...

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    Jul 07, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    I use mSecure for iPad/iPhone. Love it.
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    Do what I do, keep all the passwords the same.
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    Chainers saidDo what I do, keep all the passwords the same.


    I think most people do, but it is a bit of a gamble.
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    Spreadsheet
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    Chainers saidDo what I do, keep all the passwords the same.


    To make it real easy, just do what I do. Make all your passwords 'Password1'.
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidSpreadsheet


    Spreadsheet legs.
    Fixed.
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    send all your account numbers and passwords to me. If you ever need to know what one is, just give me call.

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  • jim_sf

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    Jul 07, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    Iceblink said
    Chainers saidDo what I do, keep all the passwords the same.


    To make it real easy, just do what I do. Make all your passwords 'Password1'.


    This is about like taping your house keys to the front door, next to a big sign that says "HERE ARE THE KEYS". Oh, and the sign has big flashing lights and a speaker playing "La Cucaracha" at high volume, day and night. And there are clowns juggling on the lawn, next to some circus elephants.

    In other words: are you trying to have somebody get into your stuff?
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    jim_stl said
    Iceblink said
    Chainers saidDo what I do, keep all the passwords the same.


    To make it real easy, just do what I do. Make all your passwords 'Password1'.


    This is about like taping your house keys to the front door, next to a big sign that says "HERE ARE THE KEYS". Oh, and the sign has big flashing lights and a speaker playing "La Cucaracha" at high volume, day and night. And there are clowns juggling on the lawn, next to some circus elephants.

    In other words: are you trying to have somebody get into your stuff?



    But it's okay. I trust you all.
  • in_this_corne...

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    Jul 07, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    Chainers saidDo what I do, keep all the passwords the same.


    I tried that...until various systems I have access to require a password change every so often...and won't allow you to repeat the last 20...

    Or something requires a more dynamic password...at least 1 number and 1 symbol...or at least 2 numbers and case sensitive and require CAPS and lowercase in the same password. It's a bitch. I try and use my one password as much as I can, but due to certain requirements, I have about 10 versions of it with added numbers and symbols and capital letters.
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    Jul 07, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    yeah, I keep a secured Excel spreadsheet with all of that info on it. You do run the risk of your computer getting hacked and all of that info getting out. In which case you could keep it on a flash drive locked away. (Even though it might be annoying to have to pull it out every time you needed the see the information).

    Written down or on an electronic spreadsheet you run some risk either way. It's up to you. Good luck.
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    Jul 07, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Chainers saidDo what I do, keep all the passwords the same.


    same here lol I use the same ID and Password everywhere, and its so random nobody could have guessed. my username could be benz and password could be jesusbenz
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    Jul 07, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    Lastpass is a really good service for passwords. There's a plugin for browsers and apps for mobile devices. You just need to remember your username and password for the service and it remembers all your sites. You can access the info from any computer and it will generate random passwords for you and keep them all secure. It will also securely store and fill in credit card info and forms so it's a timesaver too.

    I think I pay $12 a year but it's well worth it and I like to support companies like this so they can sat in business and keep their security up to date.
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    Jul 07, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    If you keep your passwords in an Excel spreadsheet or Word doc, you can protect the file with a password to open (just don't forget that master password!). I include the URL for those sites too. I keep a notepad full of important and frequently used passwords on my iPhone (which is locked).
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    Jul 07, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    paulflexes saidSpreadsheet


    Spreadsheet legs.
    Fixed.
    Oh yes, thank you for correcting my obvious typo. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 07, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
    Renegade67 saidI keep a notepad full of important and frequently used passwords on my iPhone (which is locked).

    That's what I do, which syncs to my desktop computer. Sometimes I wanna log on as a guest from a remote computer, so I like having those account names & passwords with me (which are all different, BTW).

    A risk if I lose my iPhone, but I do have it protected, and I can erase it remotely as soon as I realize it's missing. Should I recover it I can restore everything to it from my Mac, and I've lost nothing. And if I have to replace it with new, the next iPhone will also sync with the Mac, great reasons for using computer syncing & backup of your smartphone with your computer. Or the Cloud, which I also do.
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    Jul 07, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
    I have a foolproof system to keep my Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase Bank and Union Bank account info safe and straightforward. All my usernames are "Username" and all my passwords are "Password". No one will ever know! I thought about it the other day when I was thinking about my Social Security number, you know, 575-10-4533, and I was like lol that's a funny number, but not as funny as my birthday, 03/23/1984, or my first pet's name, JuJu (my mother's maiden name, Lindebea, I guess is kinda weird too). You know what's really bizarre? My AmEx card number, 3055 3554 17748...the security code is really normal though, it's....loooll wait I almost gave that to you, that's a internet nono!! =DD!
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    Jul 07, 2011 10:09 PM GMT
    I use shareware for Mac called Pastor. I love it.
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    Jul 07, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    1Password.

    Autologins for you on the web, saves and fills out logins, credit card info, addresses, etc. Syncs across all your iOS devices (if you have Dropbox, also free) and can be accessed from anywhere. Generates secure passwords for you. And that's not even all of its functionality. Best money I ever spent.
  • hyperionx

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    Jul 07, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    Chainers saidDo what I do, keep all the passwords the same.


    Terrible idea.

    Many people have been, and continue to be, compromised because they use the same password across multiple sites and platforms.

    If a hacker successfully goes after a site with lax security and retrieves your email address and the password you used, the first thing they're going to attempt is to access your email account with that same password. Once they're inside your email then all bets are off. They now have the potential to reset the password on your bank account, your PayPal account, your Twitter, your Facebook, and a bevy of other systems.

    That's what some hackers have been doing recently; and they've tweeted the links to the text files with 20,000 email and password combinations to the entire internet, just for the hell of it.

    But they did so to also prove this very important point; different passwords for different accounts! PERIOD!

    P.S. Multiple-step verification for your email account is also an excellent idea. If you have a Google account and a phone with SMS capability, do it today: http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/static.py?page=guide.cs&guide=1056283&topic=1056284
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    Jul 07, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    I usually have a 9 digit password thats filled with letters and numbers as my main one. But i have an 8 digit, 6 digit, and 4 digit as well. So all my passwords for online has to be these 4. I think if you revolve and use a handful of 3 - 5 passwords that should be sufficient. Its a bit of gamble as said earlier to just use one. Lots of crazys out there if u know what i mean...
  • silverfox

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    Jul 08, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    somaj saidCheckout 1Password



    I am looking into 1password and thinking about the trial. What I don't understand is you have to pick Mac or Windows right? So it is all based on one computer? I have a mac, 2 windows based computers, and an android phone. Will this solution work for me?

    BTW....great tips here thanks guys!