questionshow do you manage your passwords?


all of my passwords consist of joining the name of a cut of beef, a number, and "gatzby"

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I have a base password consisting of alpha a numeric numbers and then append additional letters for each site. This way, each site has a different password in case it gets compromised.


Can't answer the iOS part, but I use KeePass and love it. The Android app works well as do the Windows applications.

If using that program I would highly recommend you use the key file as well. Make sure your company has some sort of backup procedure as well. If you lose that key file you are out of luck and lost all of your passwords!


Oh, I have a variety of passwords some of which I forget and have to use the ole' "click here if you have forgotten your password" link....


I don't think I'll ever forget "1234".


I have my passwords written on an index card. If I lost that I'd be dead. I do have one I use on several sites I don't care about. Stupid I know.


@samstag: 1234? That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!


@samstag: Wow, thats the same combo I use on my matched luggage!


I hate sites that force you to do certain actions that don't fit your normal password algorithm. For example, the electric company we have makes us put a special character at the beginning of the password, it can't have more than 8 letters (lame) and has to have numbers but can't be at the end.

I typically can't remember these and just end up resetting it each month - then I whine and moan about how stupid their password rules are each month. Probably 3 bills I pay are this way... I don't do bill pay because I had a payment go missing once and had to go through the ringer to get it fixed.

Circle of life I guess.


I print them out as barcodes and use a barcode reader to log in.


I use one password for my 6-character login, but add two numbers for my 8-character login. It works for me.


@unoriginal26: Your name has never been more appropriate.


Mine are in a passworded Excel file. Not that secure but it's more for my poor memory and the number of passwords I have.

Main thing though is that I made sure my son stored that password to the Excel file so he could find it if something happens to me. We ran into problems when his dad (my ex) passed away and couldn't get into any of his files.


It makes my life so much easier the only negative is if you don't put it on a usb and/or go to another computer that doesn't have lastpass, you have to remember all the important passwords.


@hackman2007: Anyone who doesn't use KeePass ought to at least try it. Easy AND secure, used by most the IT pros I know(it really matters a lot when you need to secure passwords for your clients' machines while you're offsite).
The price is right, as well.


Use a salted md5 hash of your name (or some other thing) plus the website's name. This way you get a long string of numbers that nobody can remember, but you don't [i]have[/i] to remember because you can get it using any of a variety of websites that do md5 hashes. Save the passwords in the browser on your personal computer, so you don't have to type them in at home. With gmail, facebook, steam, dropbox, etc, use 2-factor authentication. If 2-factor authentication is available, [i]use it[/i]. Generally, all it takes is access to your cellphone (or in the case of steam, your email account).

Given the above scenario, I find that I have no real need for an online (or offline) password manager other than that built into the browser.