Fortunately there’s a really good solution – a password manager. That’s a program that stores all of your various passwords in a single, highly secure, and easy to access database. All you need to remember is ONE password to get into it, and then the program does the rest.
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We all need to remember many passwords. You need a password for your Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your website’s FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless.
Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem… A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, website, etc. Unimaginable. Add to that you’re supposed to use strong passwords – long passwords that use upper and lower case letters, numbers and even special symbols. Oh yes, and you’re not supposed to write them down anywhere — I’ve had to remind more than a few clients that passwords written on a post-it and stuck to the monitor are not good security.
Most of the good password managers are fee based. Unbelievably, one of the very best ones is open source, meaning it’s completely FREE — KeePass Password Safe. Download the Professional Version 2.24 by clicking on this link.
The above link installs KeePass on your computer. Try it this coming week. If you like it and see the benefits of using in your business, then next week I’ll show you how to make it securely accessible to as many people as you need, from the internet – and still for free! Any passwords you store in it this week will easily transfer over. Enjoy!