I.D. and Password Overload

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So it came to pass that my computer hard drive failed.  That same hard drive had a tidy file of website login IDs and passwords stored in email archives that would have been of great assistance in restoring my computer. 

Fortunately, before this happened, I had already purchased a password manager for my iPhone.  Unfortunately, I had only input some basic financial and work information.

There are a lot of password managers out there – Dashlane, 1Password, and  LastPass are among the ones I looked at.  Some have upfront costs, others have “in app” upgrades which means they’re junk until you pay to upgrade.  A cursory look shows that many more Apps are currently offered today.   And when you’re paying for these things, you never know if you got the best, because you paid for the one, onePass in my case.  I think it was around $5 at the time.

To enter the app, you choose a password that is a combination of numbers, colors and symbols, the latter two randomly placed each time you enter the app, so a pattern won’t work unless you stick with the numbers only.   Now, to my great satisfaction, the graphic door when you opened the app, similar to the old icon above, slid open like a bank vault.  Kind of cool, really.  I’m aggravated they did away with it.

Anyway, on we go.

This is the current entry screen.  You can alternately use your fingerprint, but you still have to input a 4 digit code initially as you’ll be asked to repeat it whenever the phone restarts.  

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Consider all the things you might want to have for reference in a secure environment. 

  • Social security numbers
  • Drivers license numbers
  • License tags
  • Credit card numbers
  • Hotel/rental car/airline accounts
  • Email account passwords
  • Retailer web sites
  • Product keys for downloaded software
  • Banking and financial sites/acct numbers
  • Serial numbers for guns
  • Online magazines, membership organizations…

It’s a bunch. 

Here are some sample screens:

Retailers:

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Travel:

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Various web sites:

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The icons for each entry are not automatically recognized, but they’re easy to input via the Edit function, which searches Google images.  The entries with arrows will launch the web browser automatically.  Otherwise, all screens open p to input as much information as you want, including notes.  You can also protect pictures and other documents stored on your phone, and, if one is paranoid, double protect with an additional passcode.  Whatever.

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All my entries total 155 for business and personal information.  That said, I regularly remember something I haven’t yet added.  Overall, as passwords are required to be changed at many sites and their length/capitals/numbers become increasingly complex , it’s proven quite handy.  And, if you’re wondering if all the eggs are just in a different basket, the data can be uploaded to the cloud, encrypted. 

Whether it’s this program or another, don’t wait to realize that you should have prepared better.  Risk management.  Yeah.

1 comment :

  1. That's a very non-committal committal. ;-)

    Bottom line, would you get it again or wander elsewhere? If elsewhere, where?

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