Having passwords lying all over place is most likely pretty common for many people. I’m somewhat ok with that when it’s on your home computer (not good there either, I know) but this is especially scary if you have a laptop or similar.
The worst case scenario for laptop owners: you store all your paypal, all your email and all your other important passwords and urls in a file. Thief gets your laptop, all your info and you are in trouble.
Luckily, you can store your stuff heavily encrypted so at least it makes the job nastier.
Some days ago I looked into password systems and ened up with the following 2 products:
My end conclusion is that those who want to use local system, KeePass works wonders. For those who prefer bit more mobile option, LastPass should be fine. Although, this is after looking both products for like 15 minutes, so you might want to dig deeper. They both seem to be popular if you tweet about em.
I picked KeePass since I don’t really need/want those other things and I’m bit paranoid about using online systems for password stuff, although LastPass is hugely popular and seems to be pretty secure.
I’m testing KeePass and I let you decide what suits you.
Now, thanks to this system, I can store all my secret stuff behind a secure door where nobody can access (at least not very easily).
The only thing that really bother me is “where to store the master password”. I might write it in a note, store it in some secret place… but what if my daughter finds it and hides it somewhere else (if she doesn’t hide under the carpet like she usually does, I’d be in trouble). Or what if dogs eat my note. I’ve yet to figure out perfectly good place for storing master passwords, so any hints on this matter would be most appreciated.
Also, here’s a handy guide for creating passwords (and why your passwords really should be long sentences rather than “cryptic looking” short names).
P.S. Also thanks for you twitter folks who helped me decide, your help was most welcome. I’m not listing names now, you know who you are.