Storing passwords

I’ve been searching for different ways to store all these precious passwords that I’ve scattered throughout the web. I’ve gone from storing all my passwords in a file on my computer and setting the permissions to that file so only I can read and write. But that felt like I was putting all my eggs in one basket which I am the sole protector of. How much time do I really put into security each day, you might ask. Well, the answer is as you would guess; not much.

So my next attempt of solving my password security issue was to never write down my passwords, but to create an algorithm stored in my brain that generates passwords. Every time I needed to login to a website, I would run through my algorithm and figure out what my password should be. It required a bit more brain processing cycles, but it worked. However, the downfall to that methodology is changing passwords when needed. Everything worked fine until some website got hacked and their user credentials stolen. I would have to change my password for that website which would require me to come up with another algorithm. Then I had two algorithms to remember and know which algorithm to use for each site I visited. Over time, that methodology got complicated and took up brain power that could have been used toward dreaming what cool thing I could buy on Amazon.

So fast forward to the present, I just setup an account at LassPass to store all of my passwords. It solves some of my issues of remembering passwords and processing algorithms in my head to generate passwords. They spend their days on security to make sure my passwords are safe. It has a Google Chrome extension that will automatically login when I visit sites where I have accounts. Although I’ve not tried this feature yet, but they have the ability to change my passwords on my accounts easily so I can do that often. Using new passwords frequently is a good security practice to fend off breaches.

Now I can get back to applying my brain power towards buying stuff on Amazon.

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