Computer Password Mania

The clip's the thing!

Do you suffer from computer password overload?

I do.

The more I delve into the world of social media, online purchasing, and general internet use, the more passwords I seem to accumulate.

Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter– all require passwords for logging in, not to mention passwords for my online banking, health insurance, email account and other work-related matters.

I’ve come to dread the “Sorry. Your password doesn’t match your user name” message which pops up (usually when I’m the busiest) and the “Remember me” check box which works sometimes but not always.

I searched on Google for “how to keep track of passwords” and came up with several high-tech paid apps I didn’t feel like purchasing. A friend told me she keeps her passwords in a Word document on her computer, another in her phone, but neither of these ideas make sense to me. If your computer is down and/or your phone is lost or stolen, you don’t have access to your passwords plus your data is no longer secure.

I came up with a really low-tech solution that seems to work pretty well. It’s easy and inexpensive and relatively secure. Here’s what to do:

  1. Visit your nearest office supply store and purchase one of those little note paper holders (pictured above). Put it somewhere near your computer. It costs less than $5.00.
  2. Each time you create a new online account (with a new password), write down your user name and password on a slip of paper and add it to the clip.
  3. Every now and then, go through the slips of paper in the clip and discard passwords you no longer use and update ones you’ve changed.
  4. To keep your passwords safe, hide the clip in a drawer or closet if someone is visiting your desk space or office–– just like you’d put away your jewelry or other valuables.

I realize this isn’t a very sophisticated method but it does seem to work. If you have other ideas for storing your computer passwords, I’d love to hear about them.

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About janelassar

I am a publicist with Gray & Company, Publishers. We publish books about Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
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