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How do you organize AND keep safe all your logins, passwords, pin numbers, etc.<br><br>
I feel like this would be a valuable tool in the case that DH or I would have something happen to us BUT I am leary of writing it down or keeping it anywhere.<br><br>
Ideas?<br><br>
ETA: Would a locked filing cabinet at home be enough?
 

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I have always wondered the same thing. I am super paranoid that if I write them all down, someone could find it and have access to EVERYTHING. One thing I am considering is having some sort of code for the p/ws so Dh or I could figure it out, but no one else. That wouldn't help if something happened to us, but it would keep me from having to try an remember all the little used ids and p/ws!
 

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I'm pretty paranoid too. I have had identity theft twice and DH has had it once.<br><br>
We are very protective of any "personal" information!
 

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Whoa, that is a good reason to be paranoid! I can't imagine the headache that comes with trying to fix identity theft!
 

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My inlaws have a little book that organizes all their L&P's. They've talked about what the actual logins are, and I think they have them written down on a sheet of paper in their safe or safety deposit box, but the little book has hints in it... like, they have one that is a word from Chronicals of Narnia and my husband's birthdate, so they write "Narnia" in the little book -- it isn't actually their password, it's just close enough to get them there if they forget, you know?<br><br>
It's also good to have them written down in case something should happen to you, and your partner needs them. My dad died in 1999 and we STILL haven't been able to get AOL to cancel his account, in part because we never had the password. It doesn't matter to him (although, they did try to report him to the credit bureau), but it would be nice not to have them call every 6 months.
 

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I've always wondered this too but the best I have come up with is to write it down and put it in a place where people wouldn't ever find it or think to look.
 

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We do this - we don't have the actual passwords, we use 3 or 4 different ones, and then a keyword in the file to help us remember each one. So someone looking at the file wouldn't be able to figure out the password, but we can remember which one it is.
 

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I have all of mine in an Excel file. And that file is password protected. Doesn't solve the problem if my computer crashed, but I do have that backed up... gulp... I think.<br><br>
I started this while finishing my Masters and I had to change my password every 2 months- annoying-- plus to keep track of all my student loan online stuff.<br><br>
I also don't acually have my main password in there, I have it abbreviated to something like (a) or (a/#) or (#/a) where a is a 4 letter word that I use and # is a 4 letter number that I use.<br><br>
I've told my dh about it, but I'm not sure he would remember my main password- lol.<br><br>
Of course, right now I can't remember how I made it password protected- lol! Ah, here it is:<br><br>
To allow only authorized users to view or modify your data, you can help secure your entire workbook file with a <a href="http:/b%3E:AppendPopup(this,'XldefPassword_1')" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">password (password: A way to restrict access to a workbook, worksheet, or part of a worksheet. Excel passwords can be up to 255 letters, numbers, spaces, and symbols. You must type uppercase and lowercase letters correctly when you set and enter passwords.)</span></a>.
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>On the <b>File</b> menu, click <b>Save As</b>.</li>
<li>On the <b>Tools</b> menu, click <b>General Options</b>.</li>
<li>Do either or both of the following:
<ul><li>If you want users to enter a <a href="http:/b%3E:AppendPopup(this,'XldefPassword_2')" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">password</span></a> before they can view the workbook, type a password in the <b>Password to open</b> box, and then click <b>OK</b>.</li>
<li>If you want users to enter a password before they can save changes to the workbook, type a password in the <b>Password to modify</b> box.</li>
</ul></li>
</ol>
Jessica
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have all of mine in an Excel file. And that file is password protected. Doesn't solve the problem if my computer crashed, but I do have that backed up... gulp... I think.<br><br>
I started this while finishing my Masters and I had to change my password every 2 months- annoying-- plus to keep track of all my student loan online stuff.<br><br>
I also don't acually have my main password in there, I have it abbreviated to something like (a) or (a/#) or (#/a) where a is a 4 letter word that I use and # is a 4 letter number that I use.<br><br>
I've told my dh about it, but I'm not sure he would remember my main password- lol.<br><br>
Of course, right now I can't remember how I made it password protected- lol! Ah, here it is:<br><br>
To allow only authorized users to view or modify your data, you can help secure your entire workbook file with a <a href="http:/b%3E:AppendPopup(this,'XldefPassword_1')" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">password (password: A way to restrict access to a workbook, worksheet, or part of a worksheet. Excel passwords can be up to 255 letters, numbers, spaces, and symbols. You must type uppercase and lowercase letters correctly when you set and enter passwords.)</span></a>.
<ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>On the <b>File</b> menu, click <b>Save As</b>.</li>
<li>On the <b>Tools</b> menu, click <b>General Options</b>.</li>
<li>Do either or both of the following:
<ul><li>If you want users to enter a <a href="http:/b%3E:AppendPopup(this,'XldefPassword_2')" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF;">password</span></a> before they can view the workbook, type a password in the <b>Password to open</b> box, and then click <b>OK</b>.</li>
<li>If you want users to enter a password before they can save changes to the workbook, type a password in the <b>Password to modify</b> box.</li>
</ul></li>
</ol>
Jessica</div>
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Just so you know, this will deter some obviously, but there are programs available on the net that can crack excel passwords, its not a really secure form of security. I used to have my outlook file password protected (but then had outlook remember it, so I forgot it) and considered paying for a program to crack it for me to get the data back (wasn't worth the price to me). I just wanted to make sure you knew, this isn't going to keep out a serious information thief. Then again, you said you aren't keeping the total passwords in there anyway, so it sounds fine. I just wanted to make sure you realized that.
 
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