Q Of The Week:
“I need help with password storage! I always forget where I saved them because they’re all over the place. How can I keep up with them better?”
3 Ways To Organize Usernames And Passwords
There isn’t a right or wrong way to keep up with username and password info, it’s really more of a personal preference. So instead of telling you what I do or what I think you should do, I prefer to give you three solid options and let you experiment with them all. By trying out all three methods, you can tangibly get a feel for them and see what will work best for you and your lifestyle.
If you don’t want to take the time to test out all three, just pick the one that sounds easiest to you and jump in head-first to adopt it permanently. These three options are all great, so you can’t go wrong.
Use The Built-In Password Saver On Your Phone
Most smartphones have a built-in password saver already. You’ve probably noticed when you use the internet on your phone, it asks if you want to save the password. And when you go back to the site, it automatically fills it in for you. This is nice, but what if you are using a different internet server on another device? If you’re an iPhone user, here’s how to get to your saved passwords, and here’s the tutorial for Androids.
Create A Spreadsheet In Google Drive
You can make a very basic spreadsheet using Google Sheets for free, and it will save to your Google Drive. You’ll be able to access this spreadsheet from any device at any time, as long as you know your Google Drive password. It’s also smart to download the Google Drive app to your phone so you can access the spreadsheet without having to go online and sign in first.
**Flag the spreadsheet with a Star in Google Drive to make sure it shows up at the top of the list to make it super easy to find.
Use The Password Saver In Your Internet Browser
As far as I know, all internet browsers have the option to save/remember passwords. But just because it autofills for you doesn’t mean you don’t have access to the full list. You can pull up the entire list of every username and password your browser has saved in the settings section. Most also allow you to export this list to a spreadsheet to save in a cloud as backup.
To see how to access your saved passwords within an internet browser, just search “find saved passwords in [insert browser name here]” and go with the first unsponsored result that shows up.
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