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Does anyone have a good way to safely keep track of IDs, passwords, and security questions for all our different accounts and websites?

I recently had my briefcase stolen with credit cards and check books and had to reset everything and this has gotten me to thinking about how to keep track of all this information on multiple accounts.
  • What does your question have to do with Quicken? Shouldn't you be asking this on a computer forum?

    Greg
Do a search at PCMag.com or PCWorld.com for password managers. I use KeePass Password Safe http://keepass.info/
    I have used RoboForm. All data is stored on YOUR computer, not online. It is password protected. Of course, if you are concerned that someone might steal (or gain access to) your computer and then be able to find all your passwords, I'd advise some simple Excel form that doesn't have ALL the password information, but enough to give YOU a proper hint so that you can recreate the full password. There are numerous sites which suggest how to construct "safer" passwords.

    Another problem with RoboForm is that I use it with Firefox, but its updates haven't kept up with Firefox which seems to be updating about once per week now. Therefore, Roboform's usefulness may be limited.

    I think creating something to give yourself clues, and then storing it as an encrypted file, may be the best bet, but I'm also struggling with this issue.
      http://Keepass.info

      Great choice.  Been using it for years.
        I use KeePass as well.  It's secure and free.  Another popular, but not free, choice is RoboForm.  It recently introduced a website that would hold all of your encrypted passwords.  That way if you are on the road, without your PC, and need access to a password you can use the RoboForm website. www.roboform.com

        If you are looking for a more wide-open option of secure data, I would suggest some encryption software.  These utilities will allow you to create a secured virtual drive on your system.  Everything that is put into this secured drive, say the "S:" drive, will automatically be encrypted.  You can put anything into this drive, including a Word document that has all of the information you recently lost.  I use this technique for storing my Quicken data files.  That way Quicken doesn't know that my data is encrypted, it just works as normal.  When I'm done with Quicken i close my secure drive and all is safe.   I use a commercial produce called Steganos Safe (www.steganos.com) for this.  A free alternative that works really well is TrueCrypt (www.truecrypt.org)
          You could also try Access Manager.

          http://www.accessmanager.co.uk/
          • I just started using SplashID, desktop and for iPhone, once I get everything in there I think it will work great for me.
          I tend to not use password managers, because they generally require you to use a piece of ancillary software to get at your data. Passwords, account information and the like is crucial information, and I like to be able to access my information without having to load or use yet another package - I use multiple computers, and my primary requirement is that I can retrieve data from software already installed on a Windows system, and synchronizable with other devices. For the same reason, the only backup applications I use create either zip archives, or don't alter or compress my data at all.

          So all of my account and password information are in a Note in Microsoft Outlook, an application that can be password protected, and whose data is accessible by Outlook Express, applications included with Windows Vista and Windows 7, Nokia's PC suite, and Motorola's Phone Tools. (Microsoft, Nokia and Motorola have a track record of maintaining these applications over the years, updating for all of their new devices, and neither is a company that will disappear anytime soon).

          I added to my security six months ago, by encrypting my new laptop using Microsoft's Bitlocker, which comes with the higher end versions of Windows. This lets me boot my laptop only when I have the USB key I have on my keyring inserted (and provides a way to store the encryption code on a backup USB key which lives in my safe).

          To me, accessibility and security of your data is established most effectively by minimizing the number of applications you use, and preferably using those applications that are either embedded in your operating system, or routinely are provided at no charge with the devices you use (I've had at least half a dozen cellphones that came with a free copy of Microsoft Outlook). Do it any other way, and you will likely find you cannot readily get at your information when you most need it!
            The outlook is idea is great for portablity especially if you have it set up to encript your files within the program.

            Another thought, most mainstream antivirus programs( Norton, McAffee) include this type of software at least for websites and the like. takes away from porablity but if your going to pay for it, it seems to kill 2 birds with one stone.

            There is also a part to Quicken called Emergency Records Organizer within the Property and Debt tab (2008 Home & Business) you could add them to. This would require you to only remember the password to Quicken, but you would have to login to the Quicken program to retreive them and they dont link to websites. I dont think its exactly what it was set up for but works. I started putting some of mine in this feature as a centralized place for my executor of estates to get information in case something were to ever happen to me. Making it easier for Him/Her to close and/or settle accounts in that unfortunate event.  
            ** you can also list medical info, relative info and other important info here.
              If you have a portable flash drive check out RoboForm2Go @ http://www.roboform.com/pass2go.html. I have been using it for a couple years now and love it.
                I use SplashID.  Though I haven't tried others, I really like SplashID.  It is very flexible, and also has a 'mobile' version that can sync with your PC version, so you can carry all your PW / Pin info with you when you travel sans computer.  I do much more with it than just store passwords... SSN's, Credit card numbers, insurance policy numbers, you can categories all the information so you can store yours AND your spouses PW's, (or business partner's, etc).  It isn't free, but I remember it as being inexpensive.
                  I use lastpass. It's free and works from any computer. Very versatile and secure. I chose it since I travel (way too much) and need access from my laptop, my home computer, and from office computers (where ever they may be). I can use public computers at the airport, cafes, librarys, etc all securely. They even allow "one time passwords" you can use when in a public place where you don't control the computer you are using. It's been great for me. And I hear they are working on a version that will run on the OS platform so you can eventually use it with you other computer software. You can check it out at http://www.lastpass.com.

                  voltar
                    I've been using the address book in Quicken.  It's readily available and my account is password protected.
                    • Take a look @ Keeper Password and Data Vault from Callpod
                    • I did too. How can you keep track of all this information on multiple accounts without anyone breaking into anything?