Do you keep a list of your id's and passwords?

United States
September 22, 2007 8:57am CST
I have quite a few usernames and passwords. I used to keep a list on a piece of paper and that paper grew into 3 pages. Finally I decided to put them on index cards in a box I keep next to my pc. Although I know it's not a good practice I have it so my id's and passwords are "remembered" on my pc but there are some sites that it doesn't work on. So many times I've had to email the site and ask for my log in information...and more than once! Sign of old age? lol Where do you keep your list of id's and passwords? What do you do when you forget them?
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18 responses
• Saudi Arabia
25 Sep 07
Generally I don't, but I learned sorta the hard way that I must keep them somewhere with me, one incident happened with me, when I entered the wrong password for my mobile phone smart chip, so talk about hasty, the chip was locked that it required a secondary pin code 2 activate the chip (it is given to you upon the purchase of ur chip) but I already lost the paper, so I had 2 buy a new chip. I guess this is one of my problems I am working hard to shape up though :D
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• Saudi Arabia
27 Oct 07
Thank you very much for the vote, I appreciate it.
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• United States
27 Oct 07
No problem! I liked your response.
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• Philippines
22 Sep 07
i used to keep a notebook where the list will never be lost because the notbook is large enough and easy to detect as to where it lies. i have left it though in my home city and failed to bring it along with me where i am now. so i keep a piece of paper in my bag where these important information are kept and i can very easily access them whenever the need arises. i really don't know if it is a sign of old age that we are forgetful. i can still remember that i have always been forgetful since i was as young as i could get. besides, many persons much older than i am have very sharp memories yet. maybe there is something much deeper behind our being forgetful than just having advanced age.
• United States
22 Sep 07
It's tough when we keep a notebook or something similar with all of our information in it isn't it? If we don't take it with us we're lost!
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
25 Sep 07
I memorise all my IDs & passwords. I used to write some down, but found that after awhile I had learnt them off by heart. If I do forget one, I have to email for a resend.
• United States
24 Sep 07
No that isn't a sign of old age, it is the sign of being busy.I have a few names and addresses too, I have them written in a diary. But ever since I wrote them down, so I couldn't forget them, I remember them all.It is so strange.
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@sriki2526 (180)
• India
23 Sep 07
Yes I do keep track of personal passwords in my dairy. But I use cryptic language to store my passwords just for safty. And more over I usually use only few sets of user-id & password for almost all logins. so no problem of remembering them.
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• Romania
23 Sep 07
Hi ctrymuziklvr. I have only one username - TheGreatMaster and just a few passwords. The passwords are sometimes letters AND numbers, some letters with CAPSLOCK, so I have passwords hard to find. I never write the passwords anywhere, I think this is a big mistake. ;)
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@Corezz (1016)
• Netherlands Antilles
23 Sep 07
I think I have a notebook for this, is hard to remember id's and passwords... And nobody else get's closer to my notebook :D.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I keep them in my head LOL If I forget them then I usually request for my log in information from the websites. I usually keep to three userids and passwords. It differs depending on the type of site it is. I never write anything down.
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@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
22 Sep 07
I normally use the same username and password for everything. The only times I use something different is if the site tells me that name is already in use. Then I normally just change it ever so slightly that way it is easy for me to remember. But I have thought about keeping a log book of all of them just so I don't have to remember which variation I need to use for each web site. I just never get around to doing so.
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@bhanuka (18)
• Sri Lanka
22 Sep 07
Well, I make up my passwords as a mix of my school nickname, birthday and a unique word which blossomed in my mind for the relevant Password. So its very difficult for anyone to guess me from school days to my current vision. Its really hard to remember all of them for each website or account I use. So I only care to remember the most commonly used ones only. All passwords I store in my old Casio Digital Diary. In front of the password description, I only store the starting and ending letter of each of the above elements with correct number of under_score characters representing the inbetween characters. Eg: Yahoomail: T___y2_W______g . Who ever looks in my diary will see it like this. I can successfully guess the missing characters since they are my favourite words. For the last 6 years I have replaced the batteries of my Diary only once and we can replace drained batteries without losing data. Digital Diaries are very unpopular with modern crowd and hence my diary will safely sit in my table drawer as it did for the last 6 years. My only worry is that will it reach end of life sooner. So far so good. Im planning to transfer all password data with underscores to my new Mobile phone to avoid such a risk.
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• United States
22 Sep 07
I think transferring it to your mobil phone could also be a risk.. I'm not very trusting of them to keep information.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
22 Sep 07
Remembering all those ids andpasswords are a nuisance, ctry. I will try to save them in a notepad or somewhere in my saved e-mail, but I do forget sometimes. If I had my way I would just use one for each site that I frequent, lol. I have learned to just use my first name and a stock password most of the time. Since my name is unusual, it could easily be taken simply as a contrived screen name. I used to have pages of these things written down and kept alongside my computer also. It is so embarrassing to have to constantly ask for a reminder when you visit a site. I have sometimes just stopped visiting the site because I am ashamed that I keep forgetting the password, lol.
• United States
22 Sep 07
lol...you sound so much like me! I am a member of a site where I have to call the 800 # quite a few times and it is getting quite embarrassing.
• Philippines
22 Sep 07
no i don't have to do that because i had used the same username and password for every site just so i wont be mistaken for log ins..i had some situations like that forgetting password thats why i decided to just use one username and password for each..
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• United States
22 Sep 07
I do believe that's the best way to do it. I don't know why I have to change for different sites!
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
22 Sep 07
I only use a couple of usernames and passwords, for me to easily remember all of them. I'm not much into joining and subscribing on such sites, so I don't have trouble in keeping my usernames and passwords by myself. The one's I use are those like my birthdate, my partner's birthdate or a combination of my favorite numbers.
• United States
22 Sep 07
I spend so much time on my pc and join a lot of sites...I try to keep to one or two names and usually use my address as my password.
@sylvia13 (1850)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
22 Sep 07
I am not one to invent a new user name for every site I join, but I do vary them ocasionally, so I need to keep track of things. I have found that Stikkit.com is quite good for things like storing passwords and one can even access them by just searching. Stikkit is useful for other things too, so do check it out, as it is quite clever and useful!
• United States
22 Sep 07
Yes! I used to use stikkit.com and completely forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder!
@ranitam22 (1147)
• United States
22 Sep 07
I usually use maybe about 3 different ones between all of my sites so there is a less chance of forgetting. But what works for me is to add that site to my favorites list and make either a Word Perfect or a Microsoft Word document where you can keep track of passwords, ids, as well as the amount of money made. that way it is on your computer and you can update it regularly without having to worry about losing a piece of paper or index card.
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@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
22 Sep 07
i used to but the I just started useing the same user name password for everything
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@milott (2647)
• India
31 Oct 07
No, I use a very useful utility named roboform to store all my user names and passwords that i access various sites from my home PC. It is easy and safe to use and can also be used to create very difficult passwords for high security sites.
@Sheribabe (446)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I have a note book where I keep all the passwords and ids listed. I use to keep it all in another folder where I had printed out each time I joined something. That got a little old after a while. The little notebook works a lot better.