I don't know about you, but, with the move towards paperless - I have more and more important things going on my computer. Things with passwords. But, I'm a simple gal. So, seeing as how I didn't want to remember a bunch of user ID's and passwords - I'd just use the same one for everything. Stupid - I know. Then, I started to hear more and more about identity theft. It was time to change my computer ways.
If you have a steel-trap mind and can remember 50 different passwords - I envy you. I, however, do not posess that gift. So, I had to get creative.
A friend had given me this blank journal. So, I now keep it by my computer to keep track of all things computer related.
The first pages are where I keep all of my passwords and privacy questions. It looks something like this;
* Progressive Insurance
Log In - xxxxxxxxxxxx (my ID)
PW - xxxxxxx (my password)
? - 1) answer to 1st security question
2) answer to 2nd security question
I have plenty of space to add more companies and the appropriate info if I need it.
Also, I have a couple different e-mail accounts (personal and blog). I have these written inside the front flap along with my husband and my son's e-mail addresses.
A little ways back in my journal I have a section marked with a sticky tab for book recommendations. Any time I come across a book while browsing or a fellow blogger recommends a book that is on a topic that I am interested in - I write the title and author in this section. I always leave a space in between so I can make notes later. Sometimes, I take my journal with me to the library and write down the location and info on it in this space. I can also make a note when I've read one on my list and whether or not I want to purchase it for myself. Books I have purchased then get highlighted.
The last section I have in my journal is towards the back. I have a section for good websites that I wouldn't necessarily read every day and don't want to clutter my bookmark section with. In the example above, I had written down sites with handmade gift ideas for Christmas - definitely something I don't need to see every day.
The nice thing about a journal like this is that it is totally customizable to whatever information you need to keep you organized during your computer time. You can also find blank journals really cheap - I picked one up at Goodwill for like thirty-five cents recently.
So, tell me, how do you keep track of all of your computer passwords and information?
I'm sharing this post at Teach Me Tuesdays.