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I'm Drowning In Logins And Passwords!  
User currently offlineBrick From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

Anyone else find themselves with having to remember a ton of different logins and password for the various websites you need to log into? As the number of passwords I need to remember increases, so is the instances of not being able to remember them. I counted that I have to remember over 35 different logins and passwords for websites related work, personal, e-mail, online bil pay, and etc.

How the heck can I rembember all of this?!?

I don't want to write everything down on a piece of paper or in a Word doc because if I lose it then someone has everything they need to get into my accounts. Plus, I travel a lot for business and I don't want to have to carry this around with me. I do not want to use the same login/password for everything....if they are compromised then someone has access to everything. Plus, the websites all have different requirements for what a valid password can be. One site says a password has to contain at least one special character while another site says you can't have special characters in a password. One site says your login is your e-mail address while another prohibits using your e-mail for your login. *sigh*

How is everyone else dealing with the login/password overload?

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User currently offlineWILCO737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
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Quoting Brick (Thread starter):
How is everyone else dealing with the login/password overload?

I think we all have that kind of overload. That's why I kind of seperated it. Private password is the same, with different numbers at the end, some numbers I can remember. Job password is a different one with different numbers again ... etc etc.
So I only have to remember 3 passwords and a few of numbers which all make sense and mean something to me. Nothing to simple like birthday or something like that, that would be too easy Big grin

wilco737


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

I do the same as Wilco. Have about three passwords.


But it is getting ridiculous. I bet pretty soon you'll have to login to the damn weather network page to get a forecast!


User currently offlineDreadnought From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

Send them to me - I'll organize them for ya...

Seriously, I've resorted to an encrypted excel file to keep all of them. It's try that even if you try to use the same user ID/password combinations, all the time you find that some sites need 10 characters, not 8, or your prefered user ID is already taken, or the password needs to have 2 capital letters and one special character and one number. A pain in the rear.


User currently offlineMax550 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

I use the Password Keeper on my Blackberry. You need a password to access it, but remembering 1 is a lot easier than remembering 30 different ones. Only problem is when I got a new BB and had to transfer them all over to it. I don't know what I'd do without it though, because there's no way I'd remember all of them.

User currently offlineDreadnought From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2328 times:



Quoting Max550 (Reply 4):
I use the Password Keeper on my Blackberry. You need a password to access it, but remembering 1 is a lot easier than remembering 30 different ones. Only problem is when I got a new BB and had to transfer them all over to it. I don't know what I'd do without it though, because there's no way I'd remember all of them.

I've seen programs like that for the iphone etc. I don't trust them. They could just as easily be a scam themselves - you are using a tool coded by them, for the express purpose of storing passwords, which can access the internet at any time. Not me.

That's why I use a password-encrypted excel sheet. Not nearly as user-friendly, I'll grant, but nobody would hack it, especially if you give it a title like "2002 Travel Expenses.xlsx"


User currently offlineRacko From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2319 times:

Try this little tool:

http://keepass.info/

But remember to use a good password for encryption - and don't forget it!  Wink


User currently offlineGrahamHill From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2319 times:



Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 2):
I do the same as Wilco. Have about three passwords

Same here. I could not deal with tons of passwords, so I have 3 that I use regularly for everything private.

Job is something else, but usually I keep the same structure (for example a name+figures+punctuation signs)


User currently offlineOA260 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

I use 3 passwords also and save them in my PC so I dont have to type them each time.

User currently offlineBaroque From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2304 times:



Quoting Brick (Thread starter):
One site says a password has to contain at least one special character while another site says you can't have special characters in a password. One site says your login is your e-mail address

Why did I not read this thread before trying to pay my tax by Bpay. The bit that irritates is that the ask for an ID for a transaction and then when you make a useful one, they demand that it be either numbers or letters, which is NOT useful. Oh well, hope the tax dept is happy.


User currently offlineMax550 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2301 times:



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 5):
I've seen programs like that for the iphone etc. I don't trust them. They could just as easily be a scam themselves - you are using a tool coded by them, for the express purpose of storing passwords, which can access the internet at any time. Not me.

I didn't trust it at first either, but my company recommended it as a place to store my passwords. It requires 2 passwords to get to (unlock the keypad+p/w for password keeper) and if you enter the wrong one 10x it wipes all the stored passwords. It came on the BB, not as an added program, so I'm not as concerned about it being a scam.


User currently offlineMoose135 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2284 times:



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 3):
the password needs to have 2 capital letters and one special character and one number.

My favorite [/sarcasm] was the corporate employment site that wanted a password with at least 8 characters, including one upper case, one lower case, one number, and one special character. This was to go online to apply for a job there. I suppose that may have been the first step in their screening process...


User currently offlineHAWK21M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2276 times:



Quoting Brick (Thread starter):

How is everyone else dealing with the login/password overload?

I use Three passwords.
One for the official logins
Two for the unofficial logins.If I'm not sure about the forum/site security i start off with one password & if I find the site reliable in terms of security I use the 2nd password.

regds
MEL.


User currently offlineCharles79 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

I tried to post on this thread but forgot my password.... Big grin


Anyway, I use the same format as Wilco and others in here, same username and password for informal/fun sites like this one, a more secure system for personal business and a very structured system for work. Always try to avoid personal dates, often use something related to my hobbies.


User currently offlineMickster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2249 times:
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Am I missing something subtle here ...  Confused I just let FF do that for me and then I only need to remember the master password  Big grin

User currently offlineMWHCVT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

I have 6 passwords for work all of which I have to change every 14-21 days and that will not accept a duplicated password, some that have to be letters and numbers, letters numbers and special character, letters and numbers character sensitive, numbers only.

 bomb 

Personal life, I have Internet connection password, email password, a.net, facebook, on line banking, plus about 50 others that are in a password protected file because I only use them once in a blue moon.

 banghead 


User currently offlineTugger From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2147 times:



Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 15):
I have 6 passwords for work all of which I have to change every 14-21 days and that will not accept a duplicated password, some that have to be letters and numbers, letters numbers and special character, letters and numbers character sensitive, numbers only.

Try using the same core password and just ratchet up the needed characters to the next one in the sequence:
First p/w: aTest111 (or whatever the format has to be)
Next p/w: aTest112 (or if more has to change: bTest112)
etc.

It has helped me to no end as "the new password can not be the same as any of the previous 15 passwords". (we joke the IT p/w instructions are that it must contain an upper and lower case alpha character, a number, can not be written down anywhere, and must be completely random in nature with no discernible pattern. Gotta love p/w rules.)

Tugg


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2125 times:

The military is the worst. Two upper case letters, Two lower case, at least two numbers, two special characters, and it can't resemble of have a word.

But for most stuff, I use aircraft.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 3):
Seriously, I've resorted to an encrypted excel file to keep all of them.

Same here.

For me, unimportant accounts are all the same basic, easy to remember password. More important ones have unique, more difficult passwords


User currently offlineLTBEWR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2107 times:

On idea I use where like at work where for the network and the most used database program passwords have to be changed every 3 months, is to use old car registration plate number and letters with a reference to my home state. You can mix them up like put the order of the first 3 and last 3 in inverse or inside out combos, put the state in the front or in the back, add symbols and so on. Still, one has to write passwords for infrequetly used sites, or to make sure use the right ones so don't get into a hassle and have to change them because of inputing too many wrong ones.

User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2067 times:



Quoting Brick (Thread starter):
How is everyone else dealing with the login/password overload?

Yeah. Seems like every website these days wants you to create an account. For sites that don't contain sensitive information, I'll use a simple password. Other sites, I get more complex. Problem is though the more complex the login/password combo, the less likely I'll remember them. Which is why I keep those written down in a little notebook.


User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2034 times:
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I have the same password, or a variation of the same password for just about all of my accounts, and it's so obscure no one would ever be able to guess it, yet, at the same time, it's something i can easily remember. that's what i recommend to everyone, use one password for everything, don't try to come up with 30 different passwords for 30 different things, just come up with one, make it obscure and you're in business.

User currently offlineBNE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

Seems like every website wants a different bunch of usernames and passwords.

Some websites want 6 character passwords and some want 8; some want numbers and letters,

I use 2 styles of passwords; I wish Boeing and Airbus made more planes as I have had to start on a difference number sequence.

What is worse though when you need to keep track of your parents passwords.


User currently offlineLnglive1011yyz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1977 times:

IF you are using Firefox, there is a really cool utility add on called "Xmarks" . They also have a windows version for I.E.

The utility actually encrypts both your usernames/passwords AND all your bookmarks and stores them on a remote server.

The only thing I'd recommend for this, is do NOT store banking usernames / passwords, as that would be fairly silly and potentially dangerous if this company ever got hacked.

I've been using it for a long time, and it also will 'Sync" passwords between multiple computers (i.e, if you have a desktop / laptop, etc).

It's a fantastic utility!

1011yyz


User currently offlineRevelation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

I got to the point where I could not keep up with all the different passwords I have for work, pleasure, e-commerce, etc. The rules varied so much from site to site that no one pattern was usable for all. So I went looking for a tool to help, and chose RoboForm:

http://www.roboform.com/

It is a password vault and form filler that can run on PCs and Windows Mobile phones. It can run off a USB key so you can take your passwords from home to work and vice versa. It works well with IE and Firefox.

I'm sure some will complain it doesn't run on their favorite OS, but the above OSes cover enough of my needs.


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1947 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 1):
Private password is the same, with different numbers at the end, some numbers I can remember. Job password is a different one with different numbers again ...

Same here. Easy  Smile


User currently offlineMatt727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1915 times:



Quoting Brick (Thread starter):
How is everyone else dealing with the login/password overload?

At work I have three different passwords that I use. We have to change password every six weeks and we can't use the last five used passwords. I usually add a number in the end of the word.

At home I have a HP laptop that reads finger prints and you only have to remember your password once and then register it with your finger, then just forget it. Since I bought that computer two years ago I don't remember one third of all passwords that I use daily. It's great when you're using your own computer, but when you're away and have to remember all the passwords that usually is just a swipe with your index finger, it gets more tricky.


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