Why You Should Write Down Your Passwords

7 07 2010

I found this to be a refreshing & interesting take on the whole “never write your password down” mantra. The article takes a good spin on where that fits into the priorities of today’s password management.


Common wisdom over the last couple of decades has been to never write down the passwords you use for accessing networked services. But is now the time to begin writing them down? Threats are constantly evolving and perhaps it’s time to revisit one of the longest standing idioms of security – “never write a password down”.

via Why You Should Write Down Your Passwords | threatpost.


Personally, I use a couple of tools to keep the hundreds of required logins between work, internet, home.

KeePass – KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).

KeePassX – Of course as im a mac user, KeePass doesnt run on OSX, so here is the ported version, which can use the same database as the Windows version.

Mashedlife (accessable only with OTP by yubikey below) – Manage your massive online accounts from one secure place. Log in to Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and any forum, travel reservation, frequent flier, job or healthcare site from any computer and smart phone, without typing username & password any more. It’s portable on any computer, easy and hassle-free.

Yubikey – Yubico’s core product is the YubiKey®, a unique USB-key for instant and strong authentication to networks and services. With a simple touch on the YubiKey, it automatically sends the user’s identity and a secure one time pass code. It works from any computer for any number of applications with no client software needed.