Computer Password Mania: A Better Way

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.

Excel Spreadsheet for all your passwords

“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:

  1. Create an Excel spreadsheet listing all your sites and passwords
  2. Go to “Save As,” in the File menu. Name your document and find the “Options” button:

  3. Click on the “Options” button. Create a password and enter it into the “Password to open” box:

    Add your password here-- the Mother of all Passwords

  4. 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!
To open your spreadsheet from now on, you’ll need to use your password. Nobody else can open the spreadsheet document or view it.

I’m excited about this method and hope you’ll try it too. Let me know what you think.


About janelassar

I am a publicist with Gray & Company, Publishers. We publish books about Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
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One Response to Computer Password Mania: A Better Way

  1. Tom Lassar says:

    what about nthe password to access your computer? where does that go?
    I think there are some commercial password “lockers” available to store and access passwords quickly on line, by cell etc.

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