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How can I remember all my passwords?

Lets face it, we’re doing more and more online, and with it comes an ever growing list of passwords to remember. Today I’m going to through how you can make sure you never forget your passwords and prevent getting locked out of your favourite websites.

It seams logical to create a list of all your passwords and then store it somewhere safe so that no one can find it. That’s exactly what we’re going to do, but we also need to make sure it’s secure so that only you have access to it.

Here are some solutions we often use with our customers:

1. Use a password protected spreadsheet

You can either use Apple Numbers or Microsoft Excel for this solution. A spreadsheet will neatly display all your passwords for you. Just be sure to encrypt it with a password just incase someone else tries to open it! Here’s a guide to creating passwords within Excel here.

We’ve created a handy template which you can download and use right away. You will need the password ‘ymt’ to open it.
Password Keeper Spreadsheet for Excel (Mac/PC)
Password Keeper Spreadsheet for Numbers (Mac)
Password Keeper Spreadsheet for Numbers (iPhone/iPad)*

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*For iPad/iPhone you will also need an App such as WinZip which is capable of decompressing Zip files.

2. Use a dedicated Password Manager App.

These Apps are designed just for storing passwords. Here are 2 of the best:

KeePassX: Free (Download Mac)

If you don’t mind storing your passwords just on your Mac, download the fantastic (and free) KeePassX.
This brilliant app will keep all your passwords locked away in a database which can only be accessed with a master password. It can even generate ramdom passwords for you.

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Click here to download KeePassX. (Select the link under the title ‘Mac OSX’

1Password: £34.99 (Download Mac) £5.49 (Download iPhone/iPad)

If you have some money to spare, the ONLY password manager worth spending your cash on is 1Password. This do-it-all app will keep all your passwords in a secure vault on your Mac or iOS device. It will also keep your password list synchronised so you’ll always be up to date with all your passwords on all your devices. It also looks very fancy with lots of graphics of vaults and safes.

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