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Apr 27 2008   4:29PM GMT

Your Wallet is the Best Password Manager

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Although I use them for sites that don’t require much security, password managers are something I generally stay away from. Why? Because they store the information on my hard drive or a website, both of which could be compromised by a determined hacker. Even a relatively unsophisticated hacker could exploit an unpatched vulnerability leaving my passwords open to inspection. My personal security policy is to make it as hard as possible for someone to get to my passwords.

I write them down and keep them in my wallet.

Yes, that is the most secure “password manager” there is. No one can get to your wallet from the Internet or your PC. Passwords written on a piece of paper and stored in your wallet are nearly impossible to compromise–someone would have to steal your wallet (or you’d have to lose it) to get at them. How likely is that? I’m 55 years old and have never lost my wallet or had one stolen. Just be sure not to write down your username with the passwords.

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  • LouiseV
    Everyone has their own method of protecting their passwords but password managers are generally not unsafe - choosing the right one is key. I work for PassPack which is in fact an online password manager - it uses AES-256 bit encryption - used by the U.S. government for 'top secret' info as well as host-proof hosting which allows you and only you to have access to your account by encrypting all of your info on your browser itself. We don't even have access to your account. Here is a link to a blogpost on password management: Hope it helps! Louise
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  • Ken Harthun
    Louise, I'm sure you have a good product (I've reviewed your site before), but I just don't like passwords managers. I've tried many and they're good as far as they go, but it's much easier for someone to get at information on the 'Net than it is for them to get my wallet. After all, I'm a pretty big guy, and you're not going to get my wallet easily!
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  • LouiseV
    Thanks for having checked out PassPack. It seems your method works for me. I am kind of a small girl, so I probably won't be trying the wallet method just yet ;-) Have a great day! Louise
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