Storing your Passwords for Websites

United States
January 10, 2009 8:04pm CST
I always kept a little book for my passwords near the computer. I even kept them alphabetically in order so I could find them easily. I like to be organized. But now that I got my new laptop and I'm not always in the same place, I found myself always looking for my little password book. So I thought of a neat idea.... I opened up 'Notepad' on my computer (which is found in the Start menu under Accessories) and I typed all my websites and passwords on a Notepad document, and saved it on my Desktop. Now when I need a password, I can find it right on my Desktop. If you think this is a good idea and you're going to try it, let me know. Or do you have a better way to store your passwords?
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• India
11 Jan 09
I also used a diary to store all my username and password but the password is also a trick in my diary so that no one can understand the password easily. For u i would recommended to use roboform which store all website password easily and u don't have to sign in again and again as it will automatically use the password. And many other software is avalaible go to softpedia.com and choose password manager it will display a huge list of password manager software.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
Thanks, I'll check those out. But I'm not sure I want some website to have all of my passwords. That doesn't sound like a good idea.
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• Australia
11 Jan 09
That's a good idea. I used to have a book like that when I was younger like seven, and when I joined all these kids websites to play games I put my passwords in there. That is a good idea for people joining many different sites and they get confused with there password. I use the same password or all the things. Sometimes I might use my other one, but mostly I use one.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
That would be nice to only have one password for all the websites. I started out with one, but then some sites required numbers and letters, some required 6 digits and my first password was only 5 letters. So I started changing it for some sites and keeping the old one for others.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
My e-mail has a password and all other accounts have the same password. I do not write them down because it could be bad. Just remember if your laptop gets lost or stolen someone has your passwords to everything. Just be careful.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
Oh! I never thought of that. I haven't taken it anywhere...yet.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
11 Jan 09
[i]Hi momalisa, That is a great idea! IN my case, I have a paper in front of our desktop here where I can find my passwords! But, I am only using 5 words so, I didn't encounter any hassle or major problems so far![/i]
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• United States
11 Jan 09
My list would be way too long!
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• United States
11 Jan 09
That's what I did. I did save it as something else so in case somebody who looked at it wouldn't know what it was. I've also done that and printed it out and put it away so I wouldn't have it available for those who didn't need to see it.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
Hahaha! I should name it "Chores" and the boys would never open it! hahaha!!!
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@xnekox (97)
• Australia
11 Jan 09
i've never really stored passwords, because i always tend to use the same one, or the ones that i would use if the other doesn't work. Even if i attempted to write it down and keep it organised, i would forget, and get out of habit of doing so.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
Here's something I worry about with using the same password for every website. Imagine this, for example. Let's suppose that my password for Ebay is "Cupcake" (haha, I don't know why I picked that. I must be hungry.) Then suppose my Paypal password was Cupcake too. What if there was a dishonest employee at Ebay who wanted to search through people's passwords and see if they worked in their Paypal account too. Know what I mean? Or am I just a little crazy?
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
11 Jan 09
All my passwords are in my head. If you keep passwords on your computer it makes it VERY easy for someone to get into your accounts...be it in a notepad document or the always remember me or remember my password option. I dont write them down for the same reason...I'd hate for people to get into my accounts and change things on me.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
One time when I first got my computer, I was mad because my son's father kept coming over and using the computer when I wasn't home. So I changed the log in password for the computer. I did it late at night when I was really tired and I must have typed a letter wrong because the next day, no matter what password I tried, I could not get into my own computer. I finally had to call Dell and they told me something to do to be able to get back in, and it took a long time. Lol.
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• India
11 Jan 09
i think that is the good idea . i am using the same way to store the username and the password to the sites . i think you can also make a copy of it .because even when your system fails you can have a copy of them in some way . i have a made a copy in another drive apart from the drive that i have installed the operating system. i think this can also help you . happy lotting
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
11 Jan 09
I write down my ids and passwords in a book I keep next to my desktop computer. This system is working fine, until I find that I often forget to update them, whenever I change the passwords. My husband has his stuff inside an Microsoft Excel wordsheet - ids, pins, passwords for internet, emails and banking!
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• India
11 Jan 09
Dear I want to tell you something different about the discussion you made and till now the reply you received I gone through it. First of all the password you are using are for the reference of yourself and not for others. If you tell the passwords to others there will be no meaning for the same. You wrote that you wrote then in a note pad and kept in a laptop. You have done a nice job, but for the my reference it is not a good idea. I think you had not dash some PC related problems otherwise you, have not done the your work like this and put up before all. Secondly password if you forget then you can asked from "Forget Password" option. If you are not sure you will get the forgotten password you should keep your password in a secure place where no one can open it and used it unauthorized.Tell me what happened if your operating system crashed/fails? You will lost your all files kept in the place you kept it for the safety, after you reinstall your OS (Operating System). The solution for if, if you want for this kindly wait for some time
@allen0187 (33891)
• Philippines
11 Jan 09
this is a good idea and i did that before. however, during the latter part of last year, i made an effort to memorize all my passwords. these passwords are for my gpt sites and work-related sites. i just figured that i was slipping when in comes to memorizing and i wanted to challenge myself mentally. so far it has worked and i never miss a password to the almost 30 sites that i log in to everyday. and no i don;t use generic passwords, in case you're wondering, it's usually an alpha-numeric combination made up of at least 8-10 characters. i also put in a special character once in a while to have a strong password. try it out sometime, it'll do you more good than you think. cheers!!!
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• Hong Kong
11 Jan 09
That's a good way! But if you are in a public space, wouldn't it be easy for others to peek at your secret information? I never tried your way before. I am just curious...
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@my125125 (822)
• Malaysia
11 Jan 09
Hi Momalisa, I am like you storing my password in notepad on the desktop, because i use different username and password for different website, it more secure for me.
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@Margarit (3677)
• Philippines
11 Jan 09
Hi momalisa65, I dont have a list of my password for the website. If ever i forgot it i just ask for it on the website that i wanted to enter. I do only use two password for every website that i join and use mostly the same username so i can remember it easily.
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@zhuhuifen46 (3486)
• China
11 Jan 09
It is very useful advice. I often got my passwords mixed up, and finally had to give up. I notise some people also keep files of their bank accounts and other ic. But be aware not to put the physical cards and the passwords together. It is basic knowledge, but still needs mentioning as goodwill reminding.
• Turkey
12 Jan 09
I think that it's a really great idea. Usually, I use the same password for my email accounts and I'll make a diffrent one to use for other accounts but I usually keep all those the same as well. It may not be the best idea but it usually helps me to remember them. Plus, I usually automatically start typing the password in without thinking then. It definitely helps me...
• United States
12 Jan 09
I've always kept a little notebook handy with all my passwords. However, I've never typed them into notepad. With a wireless laptop, you have to really be cautious about security. I've always thought letting Windows save your passwords was the easiest way to let a hacker steal your info. If they aren't in there....what can they steal? They'll quickly move on to someone else. Sometimes, it is hard to keep up with that little book. I keep mine in my purse along with a little calendar. So, not only do I have my "keys" but I have my schedule as well. It just seemed natural to put them together. For instance, when a bill is due, I see it on my calendar...flip to the back for the password. It's all right there. Plus, if you have credit cards, you can write down the phone number to call if they are stolen. You may have to answer some security questions there as well. I didn't realize anyone else out there used this simple and old fashioned way of protecting their personal information. Come to think of it....I've never heard of anyone's identity being stolen online without some issues with passwords being saved on their computers. I think it's a great idea too!
@celticeagle (119818)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jan 09
Well, great minds think alike. I also did this. I have both. But in the notepad I have one for surveys and such and then for personal business. This keeps things even better organized. I like to be organized also. Good idea I might add. Be sure to back up your computer too.
@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
11 Jan 09
that is a good idea, I was using roboform that I got free online but I uninstalled it because I have had alot of spyware/virus problems lately so untill I fix that I unistalled all the programs that are not necessary.
• United States
11 Jan 09
I do what you did. I have my passwords in a notebook which I keep near my computer. I have a desktop computer so my notebook is always in the same place. One thing I would be leary of is the computer went down and you lost everything. I know that may not happen that often but it has been known to happen. So your idea sounds really neat but I would still keep the passwords in a notebook also. That way if that should happen you still have your passwords.