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    Password storage software

    I have been pretty lax about choosing and keeping track of passwords and am now in the process of looking at password storage software. I have had the LastPass (free) program recommended to me and it does look pretty good but I know little or nothing about this subject. If anyone has any experience with or comments about LastPass (or this subject in general), I would really like to hear from you.

    Thanks in advance for any comments!

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    i keep all of mine in a notebook by the pc

    for every site
    i write down everything that may be needed
    name used
    password
    email
    any questions they ask to recover a password that wont work
    etc

    best to have a looseleaf binder
    with one tab separator for every site
    anytime there is an update put a NEW SHEET ON *TOP* of the other ones for that site
    always date/timestamp every sheet in case they get scrambled

    if you are paranoid then xerox them and keep a second set in a secure location
    in case of fire or burglary

    i do not trust any program to keep my passwords right let alone keep them safe

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    Many people here use password managers. Some prefer online versions, others use local storage only. It's up to you how you want to do it.

    My preference is for local storage, then I have full control over what happens to my database, and it's my fault if I don't back it up correctly. I also use a free (open source) program rather than a proprietary program.

    cheers, Paul

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    I have been using KeePass which is a free program. It is available for many different platforms including a portable version which you can put on a flash drive and use it at multiple locations without leaving anything behind.

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    I use Roboform Everywhere. I used RoboForm Desktop for a number of years but switched to "Everywhere" when the number of devices I have started to proliferate. It is not free but the prices is reasonable IMO.

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    I have tried several but keep going back to a password protected EXCEL book. Reason, none of the ones I tried could fit all my needs. I have clients that I need to keep their settings and configurations as well as passwords. Excel allows me to customize each sheet to the needs of that client. I use one sheet for all my own online passwords, another sheet for all my banking & credit card info and a separate sheet for each client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedball View Post
    i keep all of mine in a notebook by the pc

    i do not trust any program to keep my passwords right let alone keep them safe
    I'm struggling to understand how this strategy would be secure in the event of a burglary; the PC and all the passwords immediately available

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    I use passwordSafe (http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/). They have versions for Windows, Linux and Android, thus I have access to my passwords from any device. It is usually one of the first things I install on a new PC.

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    Free open source password manager:KeePass

    KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. It will keep the track of all passwords and you can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. I am also using KeePass software and it is really very helpful in tracking your old passwords.
    Hope this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trev View Post
    I'm struggling to understand how this strategy would be secure in the event of a burglary; the PC and all the passwords immediately available
    Hopefully, speedball means he knows what the notebook looks like, knows which drawer/which folder it is in, and so on. Having it right by the PC is kinda sorta what I've been doing, keeping stuff in a text file, buried via a boring dorky name, in some dorky boring hd folder. Maybe I should look into KeePass!
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    I used KeePass for years (and still do) but for the last 8 months have been using LastPass for daily use.

    I ended up buying LastPass Premium (after recommendations in this forum) because the extended functionality and syncing over multiple devices (and tie-in with Xmarks Premium as a reduced price bundle) was worth the small annual cost.

    I love the convenience of both and will have no hesitation renewing my subscription next March.

    Hope this helps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonB-TX View Post
    I have tried several but keep going back to a password protected EXCEL book. Reason, none of the ones I tried could fit all my needs. I have clients that I need to keep their settings and configurations as well as passwords. Excel allows me to customize each sheet to the needs of that client. I use one sheet for all my own online passwords, another sheet for all my banking & credit card info and a separate sheet for each client.
    Some of the managers allow you to keep notes, that are encrypted as well and there can even be additional safety mechanisms added, like having to reinsert the password, just to access them. LastPass does this.

    On the other hand, Excel passwords are not that hard to crack. A google search will give you a good idea of how easy it can be.
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    ruirib, could the excel spreadsheet itself be zipped by 7-zip, along with a password? Then, RonB simply extracts the spreadsheet from the passworded-zipfile. ?A properly passworded zipfile is tougher to crack than an excel passworded spreadsheet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    ruirib, could the excel spreadsheet itself be zipped by 7-zip, along with a password? Then, RonB simply extracts the spreadsheet from the passworded-zipfile. ?A properly passworded zipfile is tougher to crack than an excel passworded spreadsheet?
    Yes, that could be a good option. I don't know 7-zip, since I use Winzip, which supports 256 bit AES encryption and that would be good enough protection (if used with a good, long password ).
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    Thanks for the reply! I recently bought RoboForm from Windows Secrets WinDeals for about half price but have not installed it yet (and probably will not). I like the look of LastPass but still don't know enough about password managers to know what I am doing. I admit to being a bit panicked about using a password manager for fear that I might do something that could lock me out of sites that I use on a daily basis. I wonder if I ever wanted to stop using the manager if I could once again simply log on to a site and do a manual password change? I guess what I am getting at is- if I use a password manager am I locked into that routine? Also, is there a way to view the secure passwords that have been created for the various sites I use?

    Apologies for being such a wuss but I have found that, if there is a way to screw something up, I will find it. Looking forward to any responses this post might generate.

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