A Plethora of Passwords

by Sherry Riter in Passwords,The Redhead Riter

Disney gangPasswords.

We all use them.

We all pull our hair out when we forget them.

And we do forget them.

No matter how many passwords we make up or use, there is that moment when no matter how hard we try, we forget a password.

Between work and home, I’m sure I have at least sixty passwords. Granted, due to the configurations of each site, the mixture of letters, numbers and symbols vary. The great computer creators of the world could not generate one configuration to satisfy the need of a password generated for the account. Oh no, one site will require no symbols and the next site requires symbols.

GoofyIt is easy to get confused and forget the word, that upon creation, we were sure would not be forgotten.

I keep my passwords in a book that sits directly in front of the computer. I am going to enter them all on a spreadsheet soon because I get more aggravated when I am searching through my scribbles and can’t find it! I wonder if there is a perfect method for listing passwords.

During a recent password audit,
it was found that an employee
was using the following password:


When asked why such a big password,
she said that it had to be
at least 8 characters long…

How do you keep track of all your passwords? Have you discovered the ultimate organizational method?


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 KK December 13, 2009 at 4:17 am

I have them written down, but not the actual ones. I have a code, so if anyone found that piece of paper, they wouldn't know what it meant!


2 Kimberly December 13, 2009 at 8:44 am

I keep mine in a book. No one knows where the book is except me.

Like you, I was keeping them on notepads, and envelops, and wondering where they could be. I finally found a system that works for me.


3 Life with Kaishon December 13, 2009 at 10:04 am

I do what they say NOT to do. I try to have the same password for everything! I do fine until I have to add a number to it sometimes. Then everything goes crazy and I feel lost! I forget those sorts of details all the time… CRAZINESS for sure!


4 Under the Influence December 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I have mine in my PDA. Of course, the really important ones you can't get to unless you know the password, so I guess I better never forget that one very special password!


5 Anonymous December 13, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I have an Excel spreadsheet with all my accounts-which are hyperlinked to the correct website, my passwords, account numbers and all my memberships. They're in catagories (credit cards, insurance, membership,s etc) and then they're alphabetized. My husband does the same thing with the monthly bills, which makes it much easier when paying those online.


6 Confessions From A Working Mom December 13, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I love your blog updates!

I rotate my passwords in a crazy pattern, changing them every 90 days. I know that what was my email password last month will be my facebook password next month, and my banking password the month afterwards!

I often joke that if I died, DH would have no idea how to access half our accounts because of my elaborate system and the fact that I don't have it written down ANYWHERE!



7 Pam December 13, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I am always forgetting my passwords. Usually my daughter manages to remember them for me!


8 jeanine p December 14, 2009 at 1:33 am

My mother recently died …. and she knew she was dying so she started a 3×5 index card spiral book that she kept next to the computer and she wrote each website on a page and the pw . Then if they made her change the password she just flipped to the page and crossed it out and wrote the new one. It has been such a blessing because I would have been LOST with out it . I need to do the same thing… but I haven't . But really, let her be an example to us all. Make it easy for the people you leave behind if you should die … write it down and make sure they know where it is … and keep it updated. http://www.icoulduseadeal.blogspot.com


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