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What is the best way to manage online passwords when using multiple computers?

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I'm looking to finally get more secure with all my online activity and need to find the right solution for managing all my passwords. I use three different computers on a regular basis (home, office, and road so none are on the same network).

Right now most of the URL's email accounts, etc... I have are all using easy to remember passwords. Many are actually using the same password. So I clearly need to change many of these passwords to something much more secure. Before doing this I want to get some password management program that will generate secure passwords and store them for me.

Easy so far...many options.

But I also want to be able to access my password protected membership websites, email accounts, etc... from any computer I'm on (this is a biggy because I us different computers often). How can I have this ability and keep things secure?

Not a biggy, but it would be nice as well if the program could automaticall enter my user name and passwords on these sites for me (some of the password management programs such as RoboForm can do this).


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by:lpxtech
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The main issue is that having a program to automatically enter the information for you would require you to install the program on every computer you use. If you do have a management service or program, then that will also result in another username and password you will have to remember, and also another risk if anyone can figure out your password or bypass it somehow, they will gain access to all of your passwords.

Here is just a personal opinion. Many websites are now using OpenID, which is 1 username and password for many websites. most of your larger websites are now integrating openid into their user login. For websites that don't use openid, use a common password, but if you would like to be more secure, change it every x amount of months, or maybe on a yearly basis or even monthly. Also, when choosing a password, use one that you are sure can't be guessed through any brute force or dictionary word attack. For example, if your name is Brian, you might try br14n123 or something of that nature, 123 being a number that is familiar to you. Or George - g30rg3-321

Again, this is just my opinion on the matter. It may take you 1-2 seconds longer to type a password like that as opposed to something like cindy123 but its worth your safety.
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by:lunadl
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This would be pretty cool if you want to be able to take a password repository around everywhere with you... http://reviews.digitaltrends.com/review/1541/apc-biometric-password-manager-review
there may be smaller ones around on USB drives, biometric password repository....
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by:ffrllc
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I have been looking into Roboform. They have a roboform2go product that is a USB drive that holds all the program data so you can travel with it. You can also get the basic roboform pro and store that on your desktop so you don't need the USB. You can finally synch these so you have the same passwords, passcodes, etc... on either your desktop or your USB drive while traveling.

I have three desktop computers I use often enough to want the basic roboform pro on. So to get things done the way I would like it, I'll purchase a roboform2go (USB drive) and 3 licenses of roboform pro (for my desktops).

The total cost will be $69.80.

This is the only option I have found so far that will allow me to keep things very secure and allow me access to all my codes while traveling.

Does this sound like a good way to go, or are their better options out there I should look at?


Thanks.
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ffrllc earned 0 total points
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I was hoping to get a few more suggestions, but ended up just going with Roboform.
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