Encrypted Password Document
Today, it is getting extremely hard to keep track of all your usernames and passwords. Here is a list of some of the things you will typically need a password, pin, or code:
- Online Banking
- Utility Companies
- Credit Cards
- Work Email
- Computer Password
- Network Passwords
- Garage Code
- Voicemail Password
- Account Pins/Codes
- Combination Locks
In order to have unique login combinations for each of these websites, you must have a way to manage your usernames and passwords. The best way to do that is to use an encrypted document that lists all your accounts, usernames, and passwords. This could be a physical paper or a data file on your computer or email box.
The way you can encrypt your password document is up to you. The way you should encrypt it is to make sure it is only understandable to you. I'll give a few examples starting with a simple one and then proceed to more complex solutions.
Swap all your letter "i"s with number "1"s
Have three columns: Accounts, Usernames, and Passwords
Shift all your passwords down 3 rows
Have fake 3rd, 6th, and 9th characters
Combination of these tactics
The number of ways to code your password document is almost endless. The trick is to find a happy medium of easy to read, but hard to crack. You might find it helpful to keep a schedule of changing one password every Sunday (or some other day of the week). This routine will help you remember how to read your encrypted document while keeping your accounts secure.