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Old 08-18-2010, 10:40 AM
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I find it difficult to remember/manage all my logon id's and passwords and I'm looking for an online solution. I want to be able to log on somewhere to retrieve whatever id/pw I need. Any ideas? I downloaded "lastpass" but haven't looked at it yet.
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I think it really boils down to this:

Windows users should use LastPass.

Mac users should use 1Password.

Both are great. They not only increase your information security, they seriously increase productivity.

Example: I want to sign into my bank. I press a keyboard shortcut, start typing the first few letters of the site. 1Password searches my password database. It shows me the bank. I hit enter. It not only goes to that site, it fills in my username and password. I'm in.

I don't know my passwords, and I don't care. They're super long and virtually impossible to crack using modern brute force methods. They're also different for all my sites. But I never have to type them, so I don't care.

Security and productivity.
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i have an excel file to store my passwords.
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I think it really boils down to this:

Windows users should use LastPass.

Mac users should use 1Password.

Both are great. They not only increase your information security, they seriously increase productivity.
Example: I want to sign into my bank. I press a keyboard shortcut, start typing the first few letters of the site. 1Password searches my password database. It shows me the bank. I hit enter. It not only goes to that site, it fills in my username and password. I'm in.

I don't know my passwords, and I don't care. They're super long and virtually impossible to crack using modern brute force methods. They're also different for all my sites. But I never have to type them, so I don't care.

Security and productivity.
Exaggerate much? I understand your point, but how often do you really need any given password that not having to look it up and type them would "seriously increase productivity"?
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Exaggerate much? I understand your point, but how often do you really need any given password that not having to look it up and type them would "seriously increase productivity"?
How many times a year do you type passwords?
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How many times a year do you type passwords?
Other than the password for my work computer, maybe a couple different passwords averaging 0.25 - 1 per week (so we'll say I type a password 2x per week) but it is on 3 different computers (not sure if the software you are talking about is a single computer or web-based).

Most of the password protected sites I visit I am automatically logged in (like gmail or here).
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Exaggerate much? I understand your point, but how often do you really need any given password that not having to look it up and type them would "seriously increase productivity"?
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Exaggerate much? I understand your point, but how often do you really need any given password that not having to look it up and type them would "seriously increase productivity"?
Absolutely not. Here is an example of one of my passwords (note, not actual password, just an example of what one might look like):

g943UJ$7eA7d52ax

Its virtually uncrackable, no one could ever remember it, when I go to the bank/email/facebook website, a yellow bar pops up at the top of the site saying, "Do you want to log in?" I click the "Log In" button and it pastes a 16+ randomized password containing upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols in for me. No only that, but I can share access to my accounts without revealing the password to them. Helpful if I am going to need someone to check an account for me while I'm away. I have 84 sites that I've save the username and passwords for.

I would actually argue that site that you don't log in to often are prime sites to use something like LastPass for since there are sites I visit every few months and it usually takes a couple of guesses as to whether the username is one of three that I use on different sites or an email address. Then I have to remember which version of my password I used. If I fail at either of these, I have to do the "Forgot password/username" route and then I have to remember my security question answers.

From a security standpoint, password managers keep your password obfuscated when entering it into a form so keyloggers and other viruses and malware can't get to it.

Unless you just don't go online, I would recommend this as a recommended tool for browsing.
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