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Do you have plenty of passwords to sites, subscriptions, bank accounts, and computers?  Do you struggle to keep up with all the passwords that are associated with your life or business?  The answer is most likely is yes unless you are completely off the grid living the lifestyle of a hermit.

More and more passwords and sensitive information related to those password credentials are accumulated as your digital foot print increases.  How can you be so sure that the platform you use is the most ideal and secure way for accessing your sensitive information?  There is no silver bullet for secured password management but we can discuss a lot of do’s and don’ts of password management.

Password Management Personalities

  • The pen and paper individual
    • This is the most common way. The paper typically gets lost and the notes on the paper become disorienting and nonsensical.  However, some people simply don’t use the computer enough or establish a proper workflow with the computer.   And therefore, the issues with using paper become just as bad in the digital world.
      • Recommendation: Pray for this person.  Document your own passwords if you work with them because this person is absolutely not dependable for password management.
    • Word or Google Doc individual
      • This is the second most common method for password management. I’ve seen a lot of people that use this method religiously but this workflow is a welcome mat for hackers to wreak havoc on your life.
        • Recommendation: Find a secured password management system.  We recommend a not as common platform.  Perhaps, non web dependent platform would give me a more warm fuzzy feeling of privacy and security.
      • The Phone App Password Management Program
        • This method is gaining a lot of momentum but with convenience, comes more security issues.
          • Recommendation: We recommend a not as common platform.  Perhaps, non web dependent platform would give me a more warm fuzzy feeling of privacy and security.

 

The Non Web Dependent Platform for Securing Your Passwords

There are plenty out there but one we have seen that is not heavily marketed or maintains a low profile in the market place.  It is secure and is pretty easy to use.  This management program we recommend is Keepass.  The Mac version that we recommend is Keepass X.

Keepass Illustration Tip For Mac

 

Keepass Does Not Sync

Yeah, yeah…  I know.  We have a workflow to prevent not too many headaches but here’s the ideal setup or workflow for you.

Keepass database file for Acme Widgets Inc

The individual or organization maintains their own copy called AcmePersonal.   Acme Widgets Inc. should simply request a updated database file emailed to them from time to time.   This database file is also known as the KDBX file.

Your IT Guy

They maintain a database file called AcmeIT or whatever name that will differentiate one database file from another.

Two Database Files for Keeping Passwords Safe

The IT guy maintains their own and you defer to your own for your own personal updates.  The two files can’t sync or merge but hey, it’s free; and people like it.  Again, have your IT guy email the latest and greatest database file.  Then save over the old IT database file.

The Do's and Don't(s)  of Password Management

  • Do keep meticulous notes
  • Don't have old notes lingering as if they are current.  Place a Zzz to note they may be somewhat relevant but otherwise inactive.

Keepass - Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keepass - After