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Keep Passwords In An Address Book

Updated on November 2, 2015

I use an Address Book for My Passwords


Where do you keep your Internet Passwords for easy access?

I like to keep my Internet Passwords in a special address book that I keep handy but in a safe place. Using an Address Book or something similar makes finding your passwords easy as A, B, C. With your passwords listed alphabetically by tabs, you can flip right to it without wasting your precious time. It is easy as 1,2,3. I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner.

Most of us have accounts all over the internet and want to keep our passwords secure but easily managed. Using an Address Book takes care of both.

Here are a few Address Books, Internet Password Organizers and other products that I have found on Amazon to help you keep up with your many internet passwords. How many sites are you a member of? Probably more than you realize and trying to remember all the various sites is hard enough much less keeping your user name and password in your head. Using a simple Address Book has been the answer for me. Oh, I know there are many advanced ways of doing this but I know this works for me. My family knows where I keep it in case something happens to me. I try to keep notes on whether the site may have money due to me, etc.

One of the readers of this page recommends the spiral binding so it will stay open and also make sure that there are plenty of spaces for entries with each letter of the alphabet. Thank you, Olivia, for sharing your thoughts. I totally agree. I actually use a small pocket size, hard cover address book that was given to me and it works great. When I first started on the Internet, I was writing passwords and urls on just a piece of paper. I had to begin writing them all in the margins and couldn't ever find the one I was looking for. Thank goodness I switched to my Address Book for keeping up with my passwords. It really has made a big difference. It is a simple solution to a big problem.

Photo: At-A-Glance Address Book available on Amazon. See below.

Metal Password Organizer Book Plum Wren W/pen Office Internet School College
Metal Password Organizer Book Plum Wren W/pen Office Internet School College

Who would ever guess that this little book contained the key to get into all of your internet sites. The Plum color is very beautiful and I do love the wren since it is the state bird of SC, my home state.


Popular Metal Password Organizers available on Amazon - These metal password organizers are sturdy and just the right size

Notice that there is no title on the front so someone would not know that this attractive little metal password organizer is where you keep your important passwords.

These are a convenient size, pretty to look at, and comes with a retractable pen. I like the idea of the metal outside just because it would not get messed up or bent and could be wiped clean in the event something is spilled on it. Maybe I am the only one who spills my coffee from time to time but I kind of doubt it.

These little metal password organizers have been very popular with visitors to the page.

I hope you enjoy them, too!

Have you told a family member where your passwords are kept?

What if something dreadful happened to you? Are you prepared?

Are you prepared for an emergency situation where your accounts would need to be closed out by someone close to you? If not, you might want to have a plan.

It is wise to tell a loved one where you keep your passwords and it is best to have them kept in one safe location. You may have a trusted friend that you tell such things to. If not, tell your lawyer but do tell someone. Just be sure to share your important information with someone before it is too late. We just never know what the future might hold and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Depending on how many Passwords that you are trying to keep up with, you might want to consider an Address Book with a ring binder so it will stay open easily in front of your computer. There are examples of some of these below.

Photo - This Internet Password Organizer is featured below and available on

AT-A-GLANCE 8001105 Telephone/Address Book, 4-7/8 x 8, Black
AT-A-GLANCE 8001105 Telephone/Address Book, 4-7/8 x 8, Black

Address Books are easy to use to keep your passwords organized and easy to find.

This one with the spiral binding is especially nice because you can leave it open on your desk and read easily. I have discovered that it would be nice to have a pocket in the back so think I will be making my own. I would like to have the pocket to keep my PayPal charge card for doing Internet Purchases.


Address Books Make Great Password Keepers - Click product to purchase or to browse around

This is a small address book but will hold a lot of passwords. When I first started on Squidoo, I had a sheet of paper with all my passwords on it just scribbled all over the place. It was a real headache trying to find which one for which site until I discovered that I had an address book that had not been used. This address book would probably be my first choice if I were purchasing one from this page. Someone left the comment that they didn't think it would be safe to put your passwords in a book that reads "Password Organizer" and I would have to agree but guess you could always cover it with a label sticker or something..

The Personal Internet Address & Password Log Book
The Personal Internet Address & Password Log Book

Where do you keep your passwords? I like the binding on this one. It would be easy to open and close for quick reference. This is probably my favorite


Internet Password Organizer - Click product to purchase or to browse around

Keep everything close by and secure. The Spiral Binding on this Internet Password Organizer allows to easily access your password by keeping the book open to the page you want while you type. When I change a password, I just add or delete a letter or number and that way I don't have to scratch the whole thing out each time.

Moleskin Address Book - Click product to purchase or to browse around

Nice and inexpensive way to organize your passwords. I don't know how many times that I have thought, I will remember that password but I don't so now I always write them down. The secret is to remember where you wrote it down and that is why an address book is a great idea for keeping your passwords.

My Website Password Organizer: One place to organize every website Login And Password
My Website Password Organizer: One place to organize every website Login And Password

This organizer is made just for your Internet logins and passwords. I don't know how well it will work since it doesn't have the spiral binding but that is just my preference.


Website Password Organizer - Click product to purchase or to browse around

Even though this one is specifically made for Pass Words, it would not be my choice. A reader pointed out that the Spiral Binding is much better for keeping your pass words and I agree 100%.

There is a wide variety of Password Organizers available and I suggest you study the reviews and find one that best suits your needs. Like I said above, I have found a little address book works best for me. It is handy and will fit into my purse if I need to take it with me.

What Do You Think Is The Best Way To Keep Your Passwords? - Let me know what you think about these Password Keepers!

Join the poll below and let us know your thoughts. Thanks.

I have really found that my Address Book works great for keeping my passwords but would love to hear your ideas! I have a rubber band around the back cover of mine and it holds important stuff. Works great! I also made sure my family knows where it is kept and remind them every so often.

What is the best way to keep passwords?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Jean V I do have some nice ones for sale on this page that would fit into your purse or pocket.

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      Jean V 2 years ago

      We do keep our passwords in an address book, but it's always somewhere other than where I need it! I like the little one that would fit in my purse! Thanks for the ideas!

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      Davie Kirkley 2 years ago

      I love this idea and next year after 225 I AM going to do this!

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      Connie Rasbury 2 years ago

      Yes! This is a great idea!

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      Betty DeLorme 2 years ago

      I needed a password today and could not find it anywhere on the little scraps of paper! Wonderful idea, and am determined to get those passwords down where I can find them. Password book says it "loud and clear."

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      Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Cool idea. I have never heard of a password book before. I must be living in the dark ages. I want to get one for my best friend because she's always forgetting her passwords!!

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      Johna938 3 years ago

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      I'm always losing passwords. This is very helpful.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      I have started doing this - parallel to my memory dulling. It makes sense, as to be secure, it is best to regularly change passwords, and an address book is a good way of recording and remembering changes.

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      eddaviek 3 years ago

      Great ideas!!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I like your suggestion for a password keeper. Though I don't like to carry them around with me, I'd use one of the ideas above if I ever do.

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      I have used an address book to store my passwords for years. I finally got my husband into the habit and now he is much more organized. We store our password books in a home fireproof safe, too. I write my passwords in pencil so I can easily update them when I change them.

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      tysam lm 3 years ago

      I have been keeping my passwords in a small address book for many years and it works perfectly. Easy to organize by alphabet and website name, very handy. Thanks for spreading the idea! Nice lens.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      What a grand idea! I have a little notebook that I've written stuff in, but finding where I wrote "what" down is another story. At least with these tabs I could organize them better! Thanks for sharing! :-D

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I have passwords in an old phone number book that looks worthless and also under Contacts in my phone itself. I just have to remember to update when I change my passwords every 6 weeks or so

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      Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This is a good idea. I keep my passwords in my head, but it is getting a bit cluttered in there. Sometimes (okay, pretty often) I can't find the passwords, due to all the cobwebs up there. It is a PITB to always have to click "I forgot my password." Sigh. I think your idea could change my life. Good work!

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      TheDeeperWell 3 years ago

      I have been doing this for many years.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens! Now if I could only remember to put them in there!

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      Flora Crew 4 years ago from Evanston, Illinois

      I was told not to write down my passwords but I am rethinking that after reading this lens.

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      Ethan 4 years ago from London

      I'm, not so keen on writing my passwords anywhere... some are stored in my computer, but most of them are in my head

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      WebMarketingPro 4 years ago

      Interesting idea. I would be lost with my computer's secret list where I can look it up. The one thing that concerns me to keep all my passwords in one place - written down... What if this address book falls into the wrong hands???

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I never thought of using an address book. I've got a list I printed out and I keep it hidden which is silly I guess. I like hiding in plain sight better. :)

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      seleen fouad 4 years ago

      great topic I sometimes forget my own password

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      Mohan Babu 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Pretty relevant and useful topic. I store my passwords in excel or word files which would also be password protected. Hope I do not forget that password.

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      alerrcom 4 years ago

      I prefer software for keeping passwords.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Its a coded in an Excel sheet in my computer. Only my daughter has access to it.

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      cwilson360 4 years ago

      I have them locked on a spreadsheet. I would feel uneasy about having them in an address book.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I recently purchased a 2014 day planner (it starts July 2013) and will use it to record my passwords. I've been keeping them in a big binder, but it's definitely time to downsize. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      YES! I've done the exact same thing for years - I keep internet passwords in an address book. It has become jam-packed.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Used to have a small notebook, but am currently transferring passwords to a loose leaf folder for easy access.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I really need to do this as I often try loads of passwords until I remember the one that works.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      You have got a great idea where we can keep our passwords in a safe place :)

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      Melanie Paige 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you :) I need to get one of these. I'm currently using a notepad on my phone which isn't a very good idea. It's pattern protected, but the number of times I've had to format my phone and lost all my passwords is countless! When will I ever learn...? I will look into getting a password or address book instead, preferably one with a padlock...then, knowing me, I'll probably lose the key...Haha, such is life!Thank you for sharing this lens, it's very helpful :)

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Actually it's a good idea. Definitely better than keeping them somewhere on the computer, or god forbid - online somewhere!

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      RationalHedonist 4 years ago

      I use 3x5 spiral bound notecards but I still have to shuffle around to find what I'm looking for, so I like the idea of having them arranged alphabetically in an address book.

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      Paladins 4 years ago

      I have a friend who keeps his passwords on 3x5 cards near his laptop. I will share this lens with him as this would be a step up for him.Personally, I use the free keepass program and keep it backed up and encrypted on the net where I can get to it from any device. Nice lens.

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      InnovativeToys 4 years ago

      I've been moving mine from a small notebook to an address book. Great idea!

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      HomesteadingChic 4 years ago

      An address book is a great idea. I keep mine is a small notebook. I've had the same notebook for about 5-6 years now.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...I have a book in front of my computer coded to me only, but I like this idea of the address book and alphabetizing. I could use the same system I have now, but organize the tabs for easier pathfinding. Nice Lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Aquavel: Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: That's a good idea, too! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use 3 x 5 cards and a file box. Very easy to add to or change, and you can list any information pertaining to that site.

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      Aquavel 4 years ago

      I write mine down in a journal and try to categorize them, but they still get mixed. An address book sounds far easier! Great lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Bartukas: Thanks. This is certainly an easy solution to keeping up with passwords

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Great tips everyone should save their passwords :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @mbgphoto: Oh good. I sure am glad you found it to be a good idea. It sure makes life easier for me.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I just have to stop back to tell you, I took your advice and set up my password address book. What a great idea!

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      James1978 4 years ago

      I use a note book to keep all of my passwords, which works well. It's just frustrating that you have to keep so many passwords in the first place.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the idea.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @exotickitten731: It sure has helped me. There is enough space to add a new password when you change it

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @LPerry60: Been there, done that! for sure

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      LPerry60 4 years ago from East Coast United States

      What a fabulous idea! I have passwords and user names all over the place, even some scribbled on napkins. When I lose those I have to reset a new password which I eventually misplace again.

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      exotickitten731 4 years ago

      This is a very good idea, My Mother In law does it all the time, keeping her passes in the address book it helps her out so much! I'm gonna follow her example and do the same soon as I get me an Address Book :) thanks for sharing!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Right, I keep mine in a safe place but when I am working on the computer, it is right in front of me.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Gloriousconfusion: Actually, I just use a cheapo address book that came from the dollar store and it works great.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I didn't know you could get specially designed password books - it makes sense. I have made a spreadsheet with the names of websites in alphabetical order, but otherwise blank, which I store on my computer. But I write the actual passwords etc onto a print-out of the spreadsheet. Then when I need to expand and update passwords, I print off the spreadsheet again, with additional websites, but still writing all the confidential information by hand. This is very tedious and dreadfully time-consuming, so I welcome your suggestions.Blessings

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Storing your passwords in an address book is a great idea. It should be kept in a safe place too though.

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      Ladymoss111 5 years ago

      Mine are in my note book, I read somewhere this guy keeps in password in an online file something like that.

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      LaPikas 5 years ago

      You never think that if something happens to you, and all your passwords are in your memory until something happens and everything gets very complicated (you don't have to die, just get sick, or out of the country, etc) So great lens, I have followed your advice: notebook and family knowing whereabouts

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @ERD1966: That is the way I used to do it, too. lol

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Ruthi: I think someone would have to be pretty desperate to even attempt to try to find something on my desk.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @mechanicaleye: I can't imagine trying to remember all of your passwords. I think I know mine and then end up having to look it up.

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      Gardener Don 5 years ago

      Excellent advice about telling a family member where you have them recorded.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Well, mine are all in my head and I rarely forget them. However, whenever I create a password for something or change a password I do write it down in my current activity journal. So I suppose if anyone wants to muddle through my silly journal notes of ToDos they will find them!

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      Eda Ċ kulj 5 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegvina

      I think if I had my passwords physically recorded somewhere I would die of paranoia. Not that I have something particular to hide but I have a really good memory so I have no problem remembering any of them - and there are a lot!

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      ERD1966 5 years ago

      Some good ideas. I keep mine on scrap papers scattered all over!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Joan, This is a great post! You really gave lots of information here to help keep our passwords safe.

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      paulgrossman 5 years ago

      I need to do this! Some passwords are in my head and some I've written down in various places! Yikes! Time to get organized! Thank you for the great tip!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @VspaBotanicals: Let me know how you like keeping your passwords in an address book

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      TedWritesStuff 5 years ago

      Still keep them in my head.. but I reckon it may explode at this rate there is so many!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I hate to admit it, but I have them actually written on the outside of my work folder. I am blacking out all of them and doing this wonderful idea to keep them safe. Wonderful lens and advice!!!

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      tfsherman lm 5 years ago

      I keep mine in Google Documents, under an encrypted name. Although there isn't a Documents now, I think it's called Drive. Anyway, now I only have to remember my google password, and then I have access to all t he rest -- if I can remember to put them in there, they multiply so quickly!

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      TheToyStore 5 years ago

      Excellent suggestion and a great selection of books to choose from!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I keep my internet passwords in a special notebook, but the idea with address book is much better. Great lens, thank you for sharing.

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      Scullyvan 5 years ago

      There are SO MANY passwords you have to keep track of, and they always say the safest place is in your head, but I can't count how many times I sit down at an account I haven't accessed in ages and have to cycle through all my current and past passwords to figure out which one works. My fear with putting all the passwords in a safe or a locked program is that I'd then forget the password to THAT account.These are some great suggestions, though. Thanks.

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      joancol lm 5 years ago

      I never thought of this idea before. I used to keep my passwords on my laptop so that I can just copy and paste it.

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      zumbawjade 5 years ago

      I would be too worried about losing the book! I keep all of my passwords in my head.

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      Carol Brooks 5 years ago from Florida

      Mine are in a Travel Diary. I'm a bit uneasy about putting them in a book labelled "Passwords". Seems like that would be the first place someone might look for your personal info. Good idea to give someone you trust a copy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I keep my passwords in an address book too - but they are written in a code, because I do worry about what would happen if we were burgled.

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      cjbmeb14 lm 5 years ago

      I do exactly the same thing with my passwords.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I made 2 copies of my internet address book. My daughter has one should anything happen to me and of course I have the other. It really is a great way to keep tabs on your passwords. Always safer to have many passwords rather than just one or two.

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Good advice. You are right, I really need to write my passwords. Thanks.

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      kopox 5 years ago

      keep your password in your head.. and remember it.. it's the safest way :D

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      Funkysi 5 years ago

      Great lens - I really need some book to keep all my passwords. I have too much passwords to keep it just in my head. .

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      techmom 5 years ago

      I really need to do something like this. This is a great idea!

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      This is a great idea. I have so many passwords on lots of sites.

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      Dianeyp LM 5 years ago

      Great idea!

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      Valentina Cabral 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      I do the exact same thing, and I have a back up one just in case. Keeping passwords in an address book or small notebook is convenient and safer than on my pc; I believe. I also alter one or two characters in my book for each old fashioned added security. Great lens.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      Great idea

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Tia Novak: It sure works for me! Hope it works for you.

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      Tia Novak 5 years ago

      Nice advice. I will certainly give it a try.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      My father does this, it is quite easier and better, if he tells me to log on and help him with his account when he's at work or out.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'm not telling where I keep mine! But I like the idea of keeping passwords in your address book. I think keeping them off the computer is the best (safest) thing to do.

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      CuppaJo 5 years ago

      I like the idea of using a pen-and-paper method for passwords...I'm good at remembering stuff but I have sooo many different accounts. I try not to use the same passwords everywhere so that means lots of different passwords to remember

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      I agree that using an address book is a brilliant idea & I keep meaning to make my husband a just in case sheet...

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      Oh maaan why did I not think about this. Thank you so very much. A small book can also come with you when you travel =D

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      I recommend taking a look at LastPass ( It's easy, secure, and free (premium, ad-free version is only $1 per month). :-)

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      KeepingItSimple1 5 years ago

      Wow, Wow and wow again... I had this same idea in a dream i had the other night... I can't believe this! Fantastic idea and great lens... All good thinkers think alike... love it!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      My husband is as organised as you. I have my own methods, which are far more haphazard. This is a great idea that I should adopt.