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Discussion in 'Computers' started by woodshedder, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. woodshedder

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    How do you guys keep track of passwords? I have a password-protected text file that I have been using for years to store passwords (it is 3 pages long now). I keep it synced between my phone and a USB flash drive.

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    Why not make yourself a code card? For example:

    A = F
    B = 2
    C = X
    D = 0

    etc.

    Then, just come up with a word to describe each account (e.g., "googlemail") and your password would be the letters/numbers that correspond on the code card.

    This way, even if someone finds the code card, they have no idea what it is or what it's for. Also, all you need to remember is the "word" you assigned to each account instead of a complex password.
     
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    I do shapes with keyboard keys, as opposed to words. In that way the passwords are truly random and easy to remember without you actually knowing what the specific key combinations are. Its virtually impossible for someone to guess you password if you don't really know what it is.
     
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    i been using lastpass, works good enough for me
     
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    KeePass Password Safe, including the Android version by Brian Pellan, FTW!

    I use the KeePass v2.x, which does require .Net 2.x (seeing as I am a Windows user, not a problem for me), as opposed to the KeePass 1.x which does not require .Net and thus is usable via Wine in *nix as well.

    V2.x also has built in synchronization feature, so I just connect my phone, point the sync feature to the file on the ophone, and it syncs file on computer with file on phone. Done!

    100% Open Source, and thus free, for both Windows and Android, and there are other versions made of native operation under other OSs, too, - see http://keepass.info/download.html
     
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    +1 for KeePass, those apps rock.

    I worry about LastPass, they had a minor security breach this past year.
     
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    I remember hearing that last month.... not really sweating it though
     
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    yeah i cant remember what it was but I do remember thinking they handled the situation well. And I'm pretty skeptical/judgmental about that stuff :p So it was unusual to think a company was doing the right thing.
     
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    Yea, it was like email database that was possibly compromised... i remember thinking no big deal but honestly i have no recollection of what actually happened, lol
     
  10. woodshedder

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    Thanks for your replies everyone. I will give KeePass Password Safe a look. I also like the idea of making passwords shapes, instead of words. I'm thinking I might employ that also.
     
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    Do a lot of reading up on KeePass, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask - I've been using it for 5-6 years or so, IIRC, and before that I had bought a license for MoonSoftware's Password Agent, so I'm familiar with that software as well, although, IMO, PA is nowhere near as robust as KeePass has gotten.

    Also, KP offers a portable version that runs straight off of UFDs....
     

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