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View Poll Results: Password management - how do you do it?
One password for everything
I have a limited list of passwords from which I choose when need arises
For each new occasion I generate a totally new password
Your head is the most secure place for storing a password I guess.
Using 'password management software' is not recommended if you are concerned about the security of your system(s).
I am a retired IT and at my age nothing is safe stored in my head! When I was an active IT for a national bank I was responsible for 22 passwords and encrypted them on my PDA.
When I discovered that our encrypting modems could generate passwords from parse phrases I simply used the department name or function and allowed the modem to generate the password. Funny, once I did that I don't think I ever forgot a parse phrase or password.
I now find that all routers generate the passwords from parse phrases. So my system of passwords is still maintained by them. If I were to forget, and that's very possible at age 72, I simply re-enter "desktop" or "file server" into the router and let it spit out "0161e6dc1b" and my memory is refreshed.
I like to keep different passwords for different types of use. I have one password for anything to do with money, one for forums, one for system administration on computers (different for each machine) and so on. I find it is a comfortable compromise between keeping my passwords unique but also memorable by not using too many. :)