Which pw manager might you recommend Glen? I've tried a couple and it just added another level of complexity and the endless change continued.
I use KeePass
. It is open source, very secure, free and easily integrated into all the systems I've run across. I access a copy of my encrypted password file on mobile devices by grabbing a copy from one of the free online storage sites. KeePass is, however, a little more technical than some competitors and the iOS apps that can read a KeePass file are a little buggy IMO.
Other options I'd look at include LastPass
. These products are a little more convenient because they provide slick interfaces on multiple platforms and take care of mobile access for you. The servers for LastPass were hacked
last year, so that easy access does come with a little risk.
You mean use Excel to track all my passwords or us another program with a database that could also be hacked? I use so many different computers/phones/tablets to access various accounts I'm not sure I really trust yet another program to track all my passwords.
Certainly not. I've written very complex programs in Excel, but would never use it as a password manager. KeePass (and many others) use the current best practices for encrypting data. It would take the fastest computer currently available hundreds of years to decrypt my password file, and that's if
they had access to the keyfile (a second file, along with my password, that is required to decrypt the file) - something that will never be uploaded anywhere and only gets moved around on a FIPS 140-2 USB key. IMO, password managers provide huge benefits with very small inconveniences. There's no way I could track the hundreds of logins, passwords, security questions and associated sites in my current database without the assistance of a task-specific password manager.