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    I like using pass phrases with just the first letter of an easily remembered sequence plus a couple of numbers (many sites require a combination of letters and numbers)
    Thus "This is my secret bank account password Christmas" would become "Timsbap1225."
    Incidentally, that's nowhere near what I use for my actual passwords.

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    Hello

    Am I right in thinking that there are two threads running in tandem here; or am I just being thick?
    My point is in regards to passwords, I don't use and codecs or similar, I'm simply not bright enough.
    All I have an excel sheet filed in "my documents" with all the relevant details (company, banks, user names etc) together with their relevant passwords, complicated as possible & totally random and simply "copy & paste" as required.

    As no one has mentioned this system am I wonderfully clever or have I made the most basic error??

    As always advice and guidance is most appreciated!!

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    Sgt,

    Welcome to the Lounge as a new poster.

    The basic error you have made, from what I can tell from your post, is that this file is stored in the clear. Thus, anyone who gets access to your PC or just the hard drive has all your information. Now if you get a program like TrueCrypt and encrypt that file with a strong password and only open the file when you need it you'll be just fine. HTH
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    Thanks for this; I had a feeling that I was making a basic error when I noticed that no-one else including the more experienced were not employing the same tactic.
    I will look at encryption, but if I merely used a memory stick and attached and detached it as required would I not achieve the same result?

    Thanks Richard

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    Richard,

    Yes that would get the same results except it's too easy to forget and leave it in the computer and you'd have to lock it up somewhere not leave it sitting by the computer...sort of like using post-it notes for passwords. Personally, I use RoboForm Desktop well worth the money and no cut and paste involved as it fills the online fields for you. I'm just sayin'... HTH
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