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An Effective Way to Handle Multiple Passwords
Thread poster: Hipyan Nopri

Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 13:27
English to Indonesian
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Nov 14, 2007

Dear Fellow Translators,

Nowadays, it is not surprising if we freelance translators, who run our translation business online, have more than one password for various online accounts.

In fact, different passwords for different accounts are intended to safeguard online accounts against any possible illegal access. Unfortunately, these multiple passwords may pose a problem. Because of many passwords, we sometimes forget any of them.

What is your effective way to handle multiple passwords?

Thank you for responding.

Hipyan


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Paul Greer
United States
Local time: 23:27
English to Arabic
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RoboForm or Norton Internet Security Nov 14, 2007

Roboform (www.roboform.com) is IMHO the best password tool there is on the market. However, Symantec's Norton Internet Security also has an integrated password manager.


I guess the really important thing in choosing a password manager is to use one from a well established provider and not from some flyby company where you never know where the source code will go.

One thing is for sure, never use the Windows "save password" function, even in Vista it is still one of the most unsafe password repositories.

Hope this helped

Hipyan Nopri wrote:

Dear Fellow Translators,

Nowadays, it is not surprising if we freelance translators, who run our translation business online, have more than one password for various online accounts.

In fact, different passwords for different accounts are intended to safeguard online accounts against any possible illegal access. Unfortunately, these multiple passwords may pose a problem. Because of many passwords, we sometimes forget any of them.

What is your effective way to handle multiple passwords?

Thank you for responding.

Hipyan



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Shannon Jimenez  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:27
Spanish to English
I second Roboform Nov 14, 2007

I have been using Roboform for about a year now and it is a great program. Not only does it remember all your login names and passwords, but it can fill online forms for you as well (and does so much more accurately than the AutoFill function on Google toolbar).

There is a limited function free version (only 5 logins, I think?), but the full version (unlimited logins, unlimited upgrades for life) is not too pricey-- I believe it was $30.

~Shannon


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Marcelo Silveyra
United States
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Write them down Nov 14, 2007

I know this sounds like a prehistoric solution, but the fact is that your safest option is not to use software password managers. Sure, the chances that someone is going to actually try and steal your particular passwords are minimal, but once your passwords are saved somewhere, it's easier for someone to try and get to them. Writing them down, on the other hand, eliminates all risks, except for:

A) Someone breaking into your house/apartment/etc. and stealing them, but you can easily solve this by using abbreviations or something similar for the password identifier (i.e. The North Santa Claus Territory Bank - NSTbk).

B) Someone steals your password while you're entering it into a password field. If it's phishing, that's a completely different subject, and a password manager won't save you. If someone actually manages to tap into your account or is monitoring your activity, a password manager won't be of much use either.


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Niraja Nanjundan  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:57
German to English
Agree with Marcelo Nov 14, 2007

I also write my passwords down and keep them in a safe place. I somehow don't think a thief or burglar entering my house would be looking for an old notebook or diary!

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Member (2006)
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Write them down Nov 14, 2007

Hipyan Nopri wrote:
What is your effective way to handle multiple passwords?


The best way to handle these things (as well as other things that must be remembered for online account purposes) is to write them down. Sure, you get all kinds of software that remember them for you, but do these program remember even after you've reformatted and reinstalled your computer? Because that is when you'll wish most that you had written them down...


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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 13:27
English to Indonesian
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portable firefox Nov 14, 2007

there is no guarantee that when you write them down, you won't lost them. i prefer to save my password on my portable browser. remember to back it up regularly though.

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Sven Petersson  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 08:27
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USB flash drive Nov 14, 2007

USB flash drive

***********************
Sven Petersson
Medical translator
Web site: www.svenp.com
***********************


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 09:27
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Finnish to German
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Ask for it Nov 14, 2007

Usually all sites have a function for retrieving the password, which will be sent to you by email.
Otherwise I write them down and store them together with the contracts they concern.
Cheers
Heinrich


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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Darn! Passwords Nov 14, 2007

It is the name of this password management tool.
It also generates random passwords.
All my passwords are encrypted and kept all together. To open my password "vault", I need a... password.
I have about 50 different ones, none of which are my daughter's or son's name.
I find it is very convenient.
Philippe


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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:27
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I also keep them in a small notebook Nov 14, 2007

I take care never to lose this notebook. As Niraja says, a small notebook would not be the first thing on the mind of a house burglar.

However, this raises another important point: you should also set up a password to enter your computer with in the morning when you switch it on. Then, anyone trying to hack into your computer from outside also has to find out the password to get into your computer first, which I believe would prove very difficult. The password to get into your computer actually consists of two boxes to fill in: firstly your name and, in the second box, a password that you choose. A hacker has to be able to fill in both.

Astrid



[Edited at 2007-11-14 08:32]


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 08:27
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KeePass Password Safe Nov 14, 2007

Another password manager: http://keepass.info/

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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
Local time: 02:27
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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Double blind system Nov 14, 2007

I have a WordPerfect document that I print out from time to time and carry with me. However, it is not a list of my accounts, usernames, and passwords. It is an encrypted list of clues to remind me of my usernames and passwords. As an example (slightly changed): One of my passwords is the name of a hero from a particular U.S. war. My girlfriend "Carolyn" has a boyfriend who looks like pictures of that hero. So my document doesn't say his name; it says "Carolyn's beau." The password also includes the year Carolyn graduated from high school, and I don't have that info written down anywhere.

Every now and then I go to a website that I haven't visited in a long time, and I discover that I don't remember what my clue means. Then I have to go through the site's password retrieval mechanism. But that occasional annoyance is worth it for the extra peace of mind of knowing that NOWHERE on my computer or among my papers is there a plain, uncrypted list of my passwords.

BTW, like Sven, I carry that document (along with all my important docs) on a flash drive or two. Having had my computer crash last summer and then be stolen from the repairman's house, I'm a little paranoid.

Jane


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Lily Waters  Identity Verified

English to Tagalog
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Write in multiple languages Nov 14, 2007

I write passwords and clues in 5 languages (for each password). No one could ever guess what they are. It works for me for many years now.

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Nicole Maina  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 08:27
Member (2005)
German to Italian
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prefix + your standard password (or +suffix) Nov 14, 2007

(slightly changed for obvious safety reasons...)

I always use the very same password for all sites and all services in general where a password is required. before it I add the first letters of the site, so it is very easy to remember and very safe because it is quite long and there is a different pw for every single site or service.

this also means I don't have to write down anything, because I will always remember the root and then I just have a look at the http to find out the prefix or suffix.

of course I change the root of the password every now and then, to make it even safer.

you can make up many variations of this, like only using the first three consonants of the word you are taking the prefix or suffix from... or inserting them in a different place.

or you might have even better ideas which are easy to remember.


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