If you are like me remembering the numerous passwords for my online work is next to impossible. Internet Marketers and anyone doing business online will have a ton of websites, forums, membership sites and social media platforms that need to be accessed daily. The one caveat is that all these resources require an account and they all want secure passwords.
- And a lot more!
So what is the best solution to remember passwords without writing them down or trying to memorize them?
Hold on I’ll answer that soon.
If you have a photographic memory you could remember all your passwords but the majority of us are not so lucky.
You could try using one password for all of the sites mentioned above! Nah, way too unsecured not to mention each login may require a different set of password variables.
You could also try storing them in a document like MicrosoftWord or maybe even Notepad…but what happens if you lose the document or your computer gets stolen or a virus that wipes out everything?
So what should bloggers and website owners do? Use a password manager to help you with remembering your passwords.
It’s important to note that there is no such thing as 100% secure. If hackers can hack into some of the world’s most secure servers then it is possible your local data stored anywhere can get hacked.
There are numerous password sites that say are easy to use. Here are two that I have used.
Keepass.info/download is a free password manager. It is open source software…this means free. Except, that you have to download it over at sourceforge.net. I am not a big fan of sourceforge.net because of all the advertising links they use to trick you into purchasing or downloading something you may not need.
But, you can download it here – Keepass.info/download Make sure you save the file where you can find it…preferably to your desktop. It is a portable download this means you can be saved it to your USB flash drive. It also means you can take it with you and use it on any computer.
Click on the “Key Image” and add a new entry. The rest if self-explanatory.
It has its own password generator great for those who have a hard time coming up with a new password name….like me!
There is no app for the iPhone but you can copy your KeePass database file directly to your phone by connecting the USB cable then copy the file over to your iPhone. You will need another mobile app to help you access your database. But for the non-technical, person this is complicated.
Remember, KeePass is a free source download. Getting support or help trying to set this up for you mobile phone is non-existent.
You can go to guidingtech.com to help you get KeePass working on your Android or iPhone.
If you have no interests in doing the technical work there you could use LastPass to help you remember your passwords.
How to never forget your passwords
LastPass is an extension and not a download. You can add this extension to all browsers and platforms. So it works with the following.
LastPass is free and easy to use and according to them, your data is secure using encrypt/decrypt safely.
If you want to know exactly how secure your data really is following this link.
LastPass does have an app for mobile phone use. You can get it at itunes/apple.com. Which one is the best? I like LastPass as it lets list me store all passwords in my account. I can use it on my iPhone (via app) and it is free to use. It does have a paid version but the free one works great for me.