Friday, 30 December 2011

Storing Passwords

The most effective way to manage your passwords for personal or professional use us to use a password manager.  This allows you to manage unique logins for all the different resources you access (bank vs email vs general forums vs ...) and only have to maintain one master password.  Pick a reputable password manager, like KeePass, and remember that backing up and restoring your password database is critical.

Keeping electronic copies is fine, but also consider keeping a hard-copy as well in a relatively secure location.  One suggestion is that you print off your passwords every time you change your master password (annually is pretty minimal) but write that master password down on the print out so you can recover it if you forget it!  Useful if you do cycle your master password frequently.

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