As an author/solopreneur, there is no doubt that you spend a large amount of time online. Nowadays, we have to, right? Therefore, with all the websites and forums we belong to comes the task of keeping track of many different passwords.
Some people handle this task by having only one password for all the sites they belong to. But, that’s *not* recommended. If, heaven forbid, one of the websites get hacked, the hacker would have access to any and all websites with that password.
A better way to keep track of your passwords is to use a service such as LastPass. LastPass remembers all of your passwords and all you need to remember is one – the password to LastPass. But this isn’t a good option for everyone. What if you lose access to LastPass for whatever reason?
In addition, as someone who has had her computer crash (3 times!), I don’t like to rely completely on LasPass or other online password service. Consider me old fashioned, if you must, but I really like the idea of keeping track of my passwords offline. And my simple, offline trick for keeping up with passwords is this:
Use a good-old address book
You know the kind: the physical book with tabs lettered A-Z for writing in peoples names and address. Yep. Each letter represents the name of the website, and on the other lines I write in the username, password, and any other information, such as security questions and answers.
I have been keeping track of my passwords like this for years and it works like a charm. I keep the book near the computer for quick updating. Yes, the initial task of entering in the information is a little time consuming, but worth it in my opinion.
The only drawback is that if you change your passwords every 6-8 months (and you should), it can get kind of messy. I get around this by using a larger-sized address book and writing small. 🙂
Now tell me, how do you handle your passwords? Do you use an online tracker or do you have your own offline system? Do share in the comments.
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