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Creating and remembering passwords Use A Password Management Strategy To Simplify Your Life Use A Password Management Strategy To Simplify Your Life Much of the advice around passwords has been near-impossible to follow: use a strong password containing numbers, letters and special characters; change it regularly; come up with a completely unique password for each account etc.... Read More for every website you interact with is a real pain in the ass. Unfortunately, it’s also an essential part of a life spent at least partially online.

We sought to find out your strategy when it comes to passwords, and the informative results are detailed below.

Password Managers FTW!

We asked you, How Do You Manage Your Passwords? It turns out that most of you don’t manage your passwords, or at least not alone. Instead, the majority of people participating in the discussion let a password manager do the hard work of creating and/or storing passwords for their online adventures.

In total, nine password managers were named during the discussion, all of which are used by at least one commenter. The nine are LastPass, KeePass, Passpack, Dashlane, RoboForm, Sticky Password, 1Password, Norton Identity Safe, and aWallet Password Manager.

Without having tested all of the above we’re loath to recommend any in particular. However, LastPass LastPass Premium: Treat Yourself To The Best Password Management Ever [Rewards] LastPass Premium: Treat Yourself To The Best Password Management Ever [Rewards] If you've never heard of LastPass, I'm sorry to say that you have been living under a rock. However, you are reading this article, so you've already made a step in the right direction. LastPass... Read More is the password manager most often mentioned, with KeePass KeePass Password Safe – The Ultimate Encrypted Password System [Windows, Portable] KeePass Password Safe – The Ultimate Encrypted Password System [Windows, Portable] Securely store your passwords. Complete with encryption and a decent password generator – not to mention plugins for Chrome and Firefox – KeePass just might be the best password management system out there. If you... Read More a close second. Both of which were compared in our quest to find the password management tool perfect for you 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You Choosing some sort of password management strategy to deal with the huge amount of passwords we need is crucial. If you're like most people, you probably store your passwords in your brain. To remember them... Read More .

If you’re interested in using any of the password managers mentioned above then please do your research before signing up, especially if there is a cost attached.



Password managers may have won the day, but they aren’t for everyone. People who have rejected using a password manager for whatever reason also took part in the discussion. And they provided some good alternatives.

Several commenters stated they keep a list of passwords written down on a piece of paper, while several others suggested simple formulas to use in order to create a string of different passwords you’ll be able to recall when needed. One of which won Comment Of The Week

Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Jeremy G, James Howde, and Christopher W. Comment Of The Week goes to Petah, who won with this comment How Do You Manage Your Passwords? [We Ask You] How Do You Manage Your Passwords? [We Ask You] It's getting increasingly difficult to manage these random collections of numbers, letters, and symbols. Or is it? Read More :

We use Passpack at work. But for my personal account I have a system similar to this:
First character of the website, in caps: M
A % sign: %
6 fixed letters: iefotu
2 fixed numbers: 69
Which means my password for this site would be: M%iefotu69
And my Facebook F%iefotu69
I dunno how good that is, but at least it got numbers, symbols, caps, and is different on every site.

We chose this comment because it explains a simple method of creating unique-yet-memorable passwords for those not persuaded by the virtues of password managers. If you use this idea yourself then you should obviously adapt it to suit your own needs, rather than copy it verbatim.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. Betty Bennett
    February 24, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I used roboform in my medical practice and it worked well. Now that I have retired I have not set up. Will get on the program again. Not the simplest to use but effective

  2. Rich
    May 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I use Password Agent and RoboForm, both are excellent IMO.

  3. Don Gateley
    April 24, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Been very happy with the capabilities of LastPass for several years. It does have problems seriously impacting the operation of Firefox along with whatever else I'm using. Not responding. Windows moving and flashing spontaneously, long pauses whenever its functionality is invoked. Sometimes I have to kill and restart Firefox to get it to work again and temporarily removing LastPass makes all that go away.

    That I stick with it despite these problems says something about the worth of its functions, though.

  4. Ryan
    April 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

    "I dunno how good that is, but at least it got numbers, symbols, caps, and is different on every site."

    Except that its only different for 26 sites.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

      If You Use Just 1 Character, Yes, It Is Not 26, But, Rather 36.

      If You Use 2, It Is 1296, And So On.


  5. Frank
    April 23, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Awesome! I am so glad that people are more and more talking about password management these days because when I tell friends how to manage passwords and how to behave on the Internet, they think I am crazy and paranoid. But for me, having unique and strong passwords across my accounts is a must. Bye bye 123456 passwords for all my accounts. I am also very happy I see Sticky Password between the listed ones, because these guys are not much known, but they have a perfect product for me. If you want, you can check them out here:

  6. Muhammad Aizuddin
    April 23, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I use Safe In Cloud on my Windows 8, Nexus 7 and Nexus 5. Download links are mentioned below:

    Google Play:

    Previously I use 1Password on Windows 7 and iPhone 5s.
    Apps Store:

  7. Nischal gautam
    April 23, 2014 at 6:09 am

    msecure is best but hasn't been updated for a long while

  8. A41202813GMAIL
    April 23, 2014 at 5:35 am

    My Password Manager Is Called Brain.

    No Need To Give Third Party Software And Services Yet Another BackDoor Into My Digital Life.

    • Sunandajit Ray
      April 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Just curious, how does your brain store hundreds of passwords!

    • A41202813GMAIL
      April 23, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Nothing Fancy - Other Posters Have Already Posted Something Similar.

      You Take Some:

      A - Fix Characters,

      B - Characters From The Site Name, Converted From An ASCII Table, And,

      C - Any More Special Characters Required By That Specific Site SignUp Process, ...

      ... And You Get Thousands Of Individual Passwords For Individual Sites And Needs.

      It Is A NoBrainer, Really.


    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Each to their own. Some people would rather employ a third-party to do the hard work for them. You do not :)

    • A41202813GMAIL
      April 29, 2014 at 5:47 am

      @Dave P

      As You Well Know There Are Risks I Will Accept Freely.

      For Me, This One Is Absolutely Unnecessary.

      Thank You For Responding.


  9. shawn
    April 23, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I had a similar system for a long time; however, if a site is compromised, the system is easily reproducible.

    I started using a memorable system, but the 1st, 2nd ... letter of the site evokes an alteration not related to the site or it's name.
    It's also long and a PITA

    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:32 am

      It's certainly not a perfect system, but I thought it would provide a nice alternative to those who don't use a password manager.

  10. Josh G
    April 23, 2014 at 3:53 am

    PasswordBox is pretty awesome as well. Has all the features of LastPass and then some! You can even import your LastPass passwords. It does cost money, but its worth it to me.

  11. LisaR
    April 23, 2014 at 2:40 am

    +1 for LastPass, and I've used several of them (1Password paid, RoboForm paid, KeePass). LastPass is excellent if you go back and forth between Windows and Mac. It's not great on iOS but it works as best it can what with Apple's software developer restrictions.

    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

      You're sticking with LastPass for the foreseeable future then?

    • LisaR
      April 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      No plans to change, unless you know something I don't. They were the first app to send me email saying they had already resolved Heartbleed.

  12. Ed Todd
    April 23, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I have been using LastPass for a few years now, it gets upgrades now and then and I think it is well worth their subscription cost. Very happy how it works for me....

    • Dave P
      April 28, 2014 at 11:30 am

      If you have found something that works for you personally then you should certainly stick with it :)

  13. bob
    April 23, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Safe in cloud

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