How Do You Store Your Passwords?

Passwords have become an ubiquitous part of modern life. Everything from your bank account to your wireless network is now password protected—which means you've got way too many letters, numbers and punctuation marks to commit to memory. We want to know: How do you store your passwords?

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In case your mother never taught you, we're all special snowflakes. Each of us are different and like do things our own way—including keeping our passwords in order.

We want to know how you do it, readers. We think we've narrowed down the three most popular ways to store passwords below. But if you've got a unique system that works for you, tell us in the comments!

In a Digital Password Manager
This is my weapon of choice. I keep all of my passwords stored on my iPhone with the 1Password app. All I need to remember is a single 4-digit number. There's several more on the market for your phone or computer, like LastPass and KeePass.

In Hard Copy
If you're more worried about forgetting your 4 digits than anybody trying to snoop, maybe a hard copy password list is more your thing. Find a great hiding spot, like inside an old floppy disk, and jot down all your need-to-know passwords.

In Your Head
Even though we couldn't do it, it's definitely possible to memorize all of the different passwords you'd use on a daily or weekly basis. One popular strategy for people who memorize their passwords is to use one simple password for all of their low-security logins, and then focus on memorizing a few more complex passwords for super-secure sites.


(Images: Flickr user Jonathan_W under license from Creative Commons, Password Safe: Hidden Inside a Floppy Disk)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, designer, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She lives in an apartment in Atlanta with her fiancé, their Boston Terrier and lots of serving dishes.