- Bills – cable, internet, phone, mortgage, insurance, cell phone….
- E-mail – I am afraid to say how many different email accounts I have! Um, including work? 6+?
- Banks – I do all my banking on-line, and have savings accounts some places, checking accounts, kids’ accounts, credit cards….
- Investments – My 401K from work, Ameritrade, E-trade, 529 plans
- Websites – Ack! Newsletters, webhosts, travel sites, domain registrations, upromise, ….
Needless to say there are countless places that I need to have a username and password. I usually default to one primary username and password, but then sometimes that one doesn’t work and I need to add #’s or special characters.
I’ve heard other people say they have 3 sets of passwords and usernames that seem to work for any site requirements. I have not gotten my act that together yet! And of course, even if I were to get on board with this system, I still need to retrofit many sites due to my apparently completely random password selection process in the past!
My tracking system until about 2 weeks ago? Writing down the site, username, and password in my daytimer at work. Yes, on paper with a pen.
But I’ve been doing a lot at home lately (since we finally got out of the dark ages and got internet). I kept needing passwords when I was home too. Plus I probably have 50 pages of scribbled notes – in no particular order of course. Recently, I started an Excel spreadsheet to keep track. I’ve had it for about 2 weeks and I already have 10 tabs!! Insanity.
I’m sure there has to be a better way to do this. Just imagine the time and frustration it would save me to have this organized! Does anyone have a good system they can share for keeping track of these things? (Please don’t divulge your actual words.)