Sunday, 30 October 2011
How many web pages, online stores, online services, cellphones, utility accounts and so on do you have? I have no idea how many I have but the general list I keep (ie the low security websites and not things like bank accounts, telecoms, email accounts and so on) has just reached 100 and that's after a culling of the old ones I no longer use.
I don't know about other people but I do not use the same username or password all the time: in fact I have dozens and dozens of passwords. Having had my American Express identity stolen on one occasion (and Amex sorted it out quickly and effectively and removed all the fraudulent charges without my even asking thus making me an even more loyal customer) I am very finicky about password and pin number security.
However my feeble brainpower is just not able to keep all that information in my head so I have a spreadsheet with it all on and I keep bank and email account information completely separate.
All of it is, however, in encrypted files of one sort or another. I used PGP Encryption back in the day when it was free and public encryption programs were not so readily available. Now I use various other programs including McAfee and Apple. The only problem is that, in order to satisfy any enquiry into the security of the encryption, the passwords I use are all a full sentence long. I've been using them for so many years I doubt I shall ever forget them. But you never know. And if that happens........