After posting last week about where and how to save computer passwords, I received a dynamite tip from one of my co-workers at Gray & Company.
An easy and secure way to save passwords is to create an Excel spreadsheet on your computer and enter the names of your sites and passwords into this spreadsheet.
“How secure is that?” you’re probably wondering.
Interestingly, you can secure this Excel spreadsheet by creating another password that allows only you to view the spreadsheet. A bit ironic, I realize, consider we’re talking about having too many passwords, but it’s an easy and secure method. You’ll be delighted with it I’m sure.
Here’s what to do:
- Create an Excel spreadsheet listing all your sites and passwords
- Go to “Save As,” in the File menu. Name your document and find the “Options” button:
- Click on the “Options” button. Create a password and enter it into the “Password to open” box:
- Be sure to create a password that’s very secure and one you can commit to memory. Think of it as the Mother of All Passwords– literally!
I’m excited about this method and hope you’ll try it too. Let me know what you think.