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And the password is..


I use to love to watch the old show “Password.”  I would sit in amazement while watching the more poised contestants sit on their hands while describing the word in question without giving away the word that was flashed up on the screen.

I always thought that I’d like to be a contestant on that show.  Which would have made for interesting television because I cannot talk without my hands and I’m more than a little high strung.


and the screen would suddenly go to black as I would be carried off stage.

I’m a lot of fun on game night, too.

I get to play password nearly every time I turn on my computer.  But no one will give me any clues.  Early in my computer career, I simply wrote my passwords to the sites I frequented (all 3 of them) onto sticky notes, and stuck them on the wall by my computer.

Because I figured this internet business would never last.

And while the post-it notes were attractive, it was an inefficient method of keeping track of my passwords.

Then, I graduated to a little pink fairy covered spiral notebook.

Which grew and grew and grew.

Until it took me a sweet forever plus an hour to find what I needed.

Now, I know that some of these fancy computers will store your security passwords in a fancy program.

But you need a password to access them.

I rest my case.

Besides, I like to have a hard copy of everything.  In case I should inadvertently blow up the entire internet.  Which could happen.

Now, the point of this post, which you never thought I’d get to.  I purchased a little address book, with alphabetized tabs, that I can write my passwords in according to the website.

For example, I need a password to get into coupon.com.  I list it under “C”.  That’s all I’m gonna tell you.  Not even Jack Bauer could get a password out of me.

Mostly because if I don’t have my little black address book, I have no idea what it is.

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19 Responses to And the password is..

  • What a great idea! I’m forever forgetting my passwords, and since I have several “staple” passwords I keep forgetting which one I used and then get locked out. I’ll have to try this, thanks!

  • Great idea; my sister in law recommended me getting a Palm Pilot, and I’d never considered getting one till she mentioned how you could save all your different passwords for different sites in one place, and then just remember the password for the palm pilot. Brilliant! So, hopefully, one of these days, I will get one, because I think I would do better keeping track of an electronic gadget than a little black book. For now, I am just thankful for that little Forgot your Password? button that all these sites seem to have. Now, if I could just remember my answers to their security questions!!

  • What a great idea! I’m forever hitting “forgot your password?”

  • I’m sure it will give you an incredible peace of mind to know that you’re doing exactly what my husband, the information security professional says to do. He said it’s because you can make each password unique and harder. Besides, the people who are trying to break into your account are doing it electronically. They won’t come to house and demand your password notebook.

  • That’s a great idea! 🙂 I’m glad to hear it’s a safe one from an internet security viewpoint too!!

  • I am guessing my method of using the same password for everything is a bad idea…

  • That is a great idea! I also have been trying to use a notebook – and can never find what I need -and if my husband needs to get into something (unless I have set the password to his name – which I won’t do) then he can’t get in at all! I am going to be looking for me a little address book!

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Great idea. I will have to try this.

  • That is a great idea!! 😉 I never thought of that. It is probably much safer than my idea of having the same password for EVERYTHING. 😉

  • DeeDee, you are brilliant! Mine are in a notebook in order of acquisition, and getting unruly. There should be an old address book lying around here somewhere . . .

  • My daughter colored over my password list once with a permanent marker. I admit it, I cried…cried like a baby.

  • What a great idea. I am totally using that!

  • I love this! I cannot wait to get an address book of my own. Now I just have to figure out what to do with all that time I will save by not having to search through all my chicken scratches for the correct password. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love that show!! Haven’t seen it in forever though. Great blog.


  • This is a great idea! I have about 8 passwords I use (depending on when I got an account). I keep finding one here and there that I can’t figure out the password to. I had to call at one time because I was locked out and they wanted to know “what the name of my favorite pet” was (my security question). After going through the names of all the dogs and cats I have had in my entire life and all the dogs hubby has had, they finally asked for some other piece of info that I could remember. As I think about it now though, I may have done a neighbors dog which would be even harder for someone to figure out (including me).

  • Great idea! I’ll admit I’ve had nightmares about what would happen if I suddenly passed away – my husband would have NO idea how to get into our banking info, email, anything… yikes!

  • How simple. I have all mine…on my computer…time to print it out, I guess…

  • I love your method!!! I keep a file called “Keys To My Kingdom.”

  • I just use the same password for everything- not very secure, but at least I can remember it. 🙂