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Monday, 13 April 2015

The Key to Password Management

The Key to Password Management

I love my dogs. They are super awesome and purfylle (embellish) my life so much and in so many ways.

BUT they are also really destructive little creatures. They don't mean to be Destructors of Everything, they are just excitable. When they get a little over-excited, which is all the time, things have a tendency to get damaged or broken.


My computer is very high on the list of things that has been damaged and broken...repeatedly. This has led to a great many changes to how things are done around here.

Where I use my computer

Before we adopted the Destructors of All Things, I used to just balance my computer on the coffee table or my lap when I used it in the loungeroom, which is our main room in our house so it is where I use it the most.

Now I have a little laptop table that gets my computer up out of dog height (mostly) and my computer is less likely to get knocked around by doggies. I use this one from Ikea (this is not an affiliate link, I just like to share).

destructors of everything - my doggies

Computer purchasing decisions are based on it's robustness to dog disasters before all other features

  • it must be light enough to pick up one handed (while fending off excited dog with the other)
  • it must have SSD - solid state drive - which means it should work after landing on the floor
  • it must be cheap enough to replace

Double Redundancy

I am crazy about backing stuff up onto external drives because the chances are high that I will suddenly not have a functioning computer and I won't even be able to get anything off it ever again. 

KeePass is a must!

My computer remembers everything for me. All of my accounts, log-ins and passwords and stuff are all magically managed by the computer. But I know that my computer could be nothing more then a door stop within a heartbeat whilst my beloved Destructors of Everything are in the house.

don't get locked out of your accounts

So I use KeePass. It's a free opensource tool that I can store all of my log-ins and passwords for everything from my social media accounts to my favourite on-line shops.

I just took a moment to count how many accounts I have stored on my KeePass and currently I have 62 102! I know right, craaaazy. No wonder I can never remember them all.

Now I only have to remember one password, my KeePass password. I have no idea how I managed without it. I back it up onto a thumb drive so I can have access to everything no matter what.

BTW get the professional addition, it's not like it costs you anything extra, its FREE! And it's safe, it's what the geek boys use, oops, I mean those nice programmer lads. How do I know? Well I'm married to one. Hi hon :0)

KeePass purfylles my life, not like my dogs do, but it really does make life easier and I want to share that with you so it can make your life easier too.

So now I know I'm prepared against destruction I don't need to worry about the dogs breaking the computer anymore. Although I think they might be plotting it's next demise, especially if I spend too much time with the computer instead of my doggies, I've even got photographic evidence.

Let me know if you give KeePass a try or need any help with how to use it, perhaps I'll even write a tutorial. How do you keep track of your log-ins?

The Key to Password Management

updated 20 May 2016

55 comments:

  1. I'd not heard of KeePass so will look into it now, got to be easier than remembering :)

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    1. I have forgotten accounts all over the internet that I forgot about. Keepass is definitely easier then remembering.

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  2. Interesting! I've never heard of Keepass. I keep all my passwords in my journal... Hopefully I won't misplace that! ;) As for my laptop... goodness knows what I'll do if Doc accidentally knocks it over! #animaltales.

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    1. Hopefully Doc won't knock it over!

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  3. Aww, they should make laptops just for dogs, he looks desperate to go on there!

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    1. PetbookK9 http://www.toshiba.com/us/petbook ;p

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  4. I've never heard of keepass but sounds great.

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  5. I think I need KeePass although simply because our PC temporarily died last week and may easily have been unrecoverable. As for pets damaging computers, touch wood that is not an issue here. Children though, that's a different thing. Ask me about the spaghetti bolognaise one day!
    Thanks for joining this post to #AnimalTales - I love the sideways take on the theme!

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    1. I've been using it for a bit over a year and it's made life so much easier! I'm imagining red sauce all through the keyboard =D (I said it was left of field! I had just read someone's post about them not being able to get into their blog whilst their computer was being fixed - eek - and so I just had to write this!)

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    2. It was a WHOLE bowl of spaghetti bolognaise and it did cause a few problems with the computer #Pinbellish

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    3. Oh wow. I don't think your supposed to feed your computer spaghetti bolognaise =D

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  6. Hi, luckily ours dogs haven't managed to damage a PC yet, but there is still time!

    I have never heard of KeePass, but I think it sounds worth a look. At the moment I keep all my passwords in books, but when I don't have my books on me?...Also my Mums a nightmare with passwords, it's always the computer and never her that has got the password wrong..(Really Mum?)

    Thanks for the info....And of the 'butter wouldn't melt in their mouths' pictures of the dogs!

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    1. Now my dogs are older the over-excitements are fewer and we are better prepared against pet damage. It's usb ports that seem to get the brunt of problems now. KeePass isn't pretty to look at and might seem a bit complicated at first look but I promise it isn't.

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    2. Young dogs are a little crazy when hey are over excited. We have five dogs ranging in age and it's our cacti that get the brunt of it when they go mad as the prickles catch on their tails.

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    3. Freki doesn't have a tail and uses his face instead to swipe at things - more then once we've had to pull cacti spines out of his face *sigh* They are settling down as they get older. I don't know how you manage 5 dogs! That must be interesting for walks.

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  7. KeePass sounds so smart! I have so many passwords, and it can be hard to keep track. I let my internet remember all the ones that aren't bank/money related. It was devastating when my computer crashed, though! I had to try to figure out so many passwords. Thanks for joining us for Hump Day Happenings!

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    1. Bloggers always have a zillion passwords, but even before blogging my passwords were out of control, mostly because of work. The first time my computer got smashed it took months for the data to be retrieved. I forgot to tell them I wanted my emails. They eventually got the hard-drive working to retrieve my data but it was only the once so the emails were lost for ever.

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  8. i'll take a look at keepass and my dog has knocked the laptop over many times when the cat has chased him

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    1. I can just imagine the cat keeping him on his toes!

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  9. This sounds so handy. I keep my passwords the old fashioned way with pen and paper. But when I change them often, it turns into a scribbled mess. I really need to organize like this. So glad you shared!

    Although my dog can't get into my laptop, my bird Molly can. She apparently wants my attention and several times while working, she has flown into it. Her wing span and her claws are enough to do some damage. Yesterday, she landed and settled into my sweatshirt hood on my back. Hopefully she stick with a piggyback ride instead of internet surfing! :)

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    1. I love being able to just copy and paste them. I find it really hard to come up with new ones all the time too and so I really love that keepass just gives me one or I can add my own. But the truth is I have a paper version too. shh don't tell anyone.

      I can just see Molly trying to pop the keys off your keyboard if your not giving her as much attention as she wants. They do love to climb into sleeves and hoodies don't they? Claws crossed she'll be satisfied with the piggybacking.

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  10. I haven't had dog trouble with my computers. Remote controls, now that's another thing! My brother's dog helped my dog, Blondie, eat a whole remote. They felt very guilty about it afterward. LOL

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    1. I'm still Lol'ing :o) Freki has been known to eat our walls, but I'm fairly sure eating the remote control is top of the list of crazy stuff eaten by dog.

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  11. We use KeePass, too. At first I was skeptical that someone was going to steal our passwords and our identities would be stolen, our credit cards maxed out, and our lives ruined, but so far so good.

    Visiting from Monday Madness.

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    1. It's a nice simple database that does the job. No bangs or whistles. Because it's all on your machine and not out in the cloud it's much safer then a lot of other options. I'm glad you've found it useful.

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  12. I have not heard of the KeePass either so I need to check this out! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party :)

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    1. I lost so many accounts before I started using it. If you need any help just ask!

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  13. I was wondering what puppy proofed meant! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow...love your stuff!! Pinned!

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    1. Hahaha, I've been waiting for someone to comment on the 'puppy proofing'. Thanks for pinning, I'll see you at the party.

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  14. My dog broke my laptop... I still have the same dog, but had to get a new laptop. Great tip.

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    1. My current lap top still lives - the dogs are getting older and less excitable, but I think it was the laptop table that made the most difference.

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  15. Many good comments.. Going to check it out and see if it's something I might use. Thanks for sharing this and the dog story as well.

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    1. Somehow my passwords have increased to 84, I don't think I could blog without it now.

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  16. I need Keepass in my life! I'm always and forever losing (in my mind) passwords, or I'm not at SweetFriend's and can't log on.
    Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. Give me a hullooo any time you want a hand with how to get it and use it.

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  17. I have never heard about it, and I am a bit freak about passwords apps... I'm on Mac and I think it has some type of key holder installed because it gives me the chance to remind all the passwords, thankfully. I really think we bloggers need any kind of help with passwords.

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    1. KeePass is the one I've been recommended as safe by my programming friends. It is a simple database lives on your computer (keeping a back up copy is important!) and you need to add a password to use it. It's not pretty or super easy to use - but it's not hard to use either. It is one of the safest way to keep your passwords. I'll find out if there is a mac version.

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    2. You would need this version - Binary bundle for MacOS X >= 10.7 https://www.keepassx.org/downloads/

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  18. I hadn't heard of this before - or thought of the fact that you would have to protect your computer from your dogs! - what a great idea. #animaltales

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    1. The dogs are older and less excitable now, so there is less danger of disaster :o) It's still good practice though.

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  19. Since first reading this post I have had full intentions of setting up KeePass, but have yet to get around to it... Maybe this year!

    xx

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    1. I just downloaded it and then everytime I had to enter a password into a website I added it to KeePass. It was easier then sitting down and trying to do them all at once.

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  20. This sounds like a fab idea. I've not seen KeePass before so something i may take a look at.

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    1. I really don't know how I managed without it. My password list just keeps growing and growing.

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  21. We have not lost a computer yet (touch wood) but we have lost remote controls, a top of the range mobile 'phone (my birthday present one year, it lasted 1 week) underwear, socks, one shoe out of numerous pairs, an embroidery I was in the middle of,food, sofa legs, cushions and some books. The dogs are lucky we love them so much!

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    1. Sounds awfully similar to our list of things lost, swap the phone for the netbook, the embroidery for knitting, the sofa legs for antique stool legs, new shoes, all the cushions......

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  22. It's not dogs that are our problem with the computers ... it's bowls of spaghetti bolognaise landing on them. Don't ask! #AnimalTales

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  23. Lol, I have a cat that likes to chew cables and managed to fry a PC once by damaging the cables, so I don't think even Keypass would help there, but it does sound handy! #animaltales

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    1. That's why I keep a back up in a cupboard on a thumbdrive!

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  24. Stella is jealous of anything that distracts attention away from her but she tries really hard not to be destructive too! I have an app on my phone that stores all my logins and passwords, just one password to remember :)

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    1. My Geri gets jealous, like your Stella does. What is your app called?

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  25. He he I love the last photo :) I can't remember any passwords to anything. Every time I have to reset #animaltales

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    1. I really don't like having to reset because I can never think of a new password.

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