What’s Wrong With Writing Down Your Password

These days, one individual has many different accounts of various web sites. Having more than one e-mail account, social networking accounts on Facebook and Twitter, take the number of accounts to a new high. Obviously, the combination of account ID and password increases. It becomes difficult and cumbersome to remember all these passwords.

What’s Wrong With Writing Down Your Password

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Would it be wise to write a password down on a paper – physically? Is there any danger in doing so? On the other hand, does it look too stupid to write a password on a paper when we have hundreds of electronic gadgets today? Questions are galore. Let us explore the possibilities and the answers to them.

What is Wrong in Writing your Password?

Technically speaking, writing down your passwords on paper seems rather silly.  Then what is wrong in doing so? Is there any chance of people scouring through your diary, finding your password and then using it to bring you in trouble? We can categorize these questions in two types:

Workplace users: Never write down the passwords

Home users: It is safe to write down the passwords at times but lacks privacy

Let us have a detailed look at each of them.

Workplace users Writing Down Passwords

Those working in a corporate field have to spend umpteen numbers of hours in the office and in front of the computer. Hence, it would be sensible not to write your password. Instead, choose password that will be easier for you to remember. If you have difficulty in remembering passwords, use a password manager.

Apart from the above-mentioned tips, there could be other reasons why you should refrain from writing passwords. An office is virtually a public place. It is possible for anyone to find out your password and tamper with your account. The company policies may not allow you to write your passwords.

If you were a home user, it would be safe to write passwords, unless someone physically has access to your computer. If you are the only member in the house using only one computer, it is safe to have your passwords written down.

Tips for Remembering Passwords

There are literally hundreds of ways of remembering a password. Remembering a password has more to do with choosing one, than actually draining out yourself in the process of remembering them. Choose a password that is connected to someone or something. The connection between these two things can help you to remember any password easily. You can also use the names of people who are special to you. If you think someone else may know that special person and to make it more secure, you can attach your name as well.

Use a Password Manager

To keep yourself away from all the headache, it would be best to use a password manager. A password manager can store your passwords in an encrypted form on their servers. They can even be synced to other devices if the extension can be installed on those devices. It is also helpful for storing other sensitive data like credit and debit card numbers.



Rekha Samavedula