Should be easy enough right?
What? It's not? But don't you use like a billion passwords right now? For your bank, computer, laptop, your phone, e-mail, facebook, twitter, yahoo, work network, work e-mail, work applications.... and all different passwords right? Changing in some random order? So what's one more?
Really? Your not going to do it huh.... well then fine! How about instead if I give you a simpler way to keep track of all those stupid passwords, on so many different systems, yet make them all secure, and all unique? Does that sound good? Yea, I bet it does. Well how about you paypal me 1 BILLION dollars and I'll show you?!?!
WHAT? You won't do it? Then how am I supposed to afford to put lasers on top of all my sharks? Ok, so I still need to buy the sharks, but now you can really see why I need that money! Right?
No? Fine... Your really an uncaring bunch of people aren't you?! I'll just give you my blood, sweat and tears for free. There you won. Are you happy now?
Important note here, do not use this to keep track of your work passwords, with out first clearing it with your company; and if your a Government employee, don't count on that happening.
First thing you want to do is to setup a file sharing service if you don't already have one. If you don't know what that is, then you don't have one. I'd recommend using Drop Box (http://db.tt/xR8oeei - yes this is also a blatant self promo, cause I get more space if you use that link), they will give you 2GB for free; which will be more than enough space for you to keep 1 file. Use if for more than that if you want it obviously. Please make sure to use a good password here, but one you will remember.
Next, head on over to KeePass (http://keepass.info/) and download the latest 2.x version to you PC or Mac. Now that you have downloaded it, delete it. No just kidding, install it. Geeze.
Your now well on your way to a much more secure world. Just a few more steps here people, keep up.
Launch KeePass and create a new database in your dropbox folder - normally in your home directory, but it depends on where you installed it. Make sure you set it up to use a master password, you don't want to tie to your computer account. Here again, use a good unique password (i.e. not the same one as dropbox).
There, now you have a place where you can enter in all your user name and passwords for everything in one, safe and secure place. Trust me, it's encrypted using AES 256, it's a well trusted and respected application in the security world. Even if your DropBox account gets hacked, or they steal your file they won't be getting into it. About the only one who likely can is the NSA, and they'll just send an FBI agent to your door with an arrest warrant and a gun - quicker and easier.
Awesome!! Now want to make it even better? I knew you did... you greedy little thing you. Fine... Try installing both DropBox, and KeePass on your mobile phone (iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry's are all supported). Now you can access all your passwords from any place in the world you are! YEAH!
Want more? Sure... I'm in a giving mood. Got a husband, wife, significant other, or just a real pretty thing down the street that you want to share your info with? Ammm... wait... don't share your info with that pretty thing down the street, that's a real bad idea. But the others, yea go for it. Make all your lives easier, and in DropBox create a folder to store your KeePass database in - make sure you move it there too. Now have whom ever this OOO so important person is install DropBox and KeePass as well. Fine.. you can even invite them using your link and not mine... you greedy person you.... and get more free space.
Now that they've done that, share out that folder to them and bam! You now both have some free storage, and a shared KeePass datafile! All your bank, and other passwords are there for the share!
Want in on another little secret? You do? Dang your greedy! O'well it's not that big a secret anyways. KeePass can generate random passwords for websites for you that are very secure, and even enter them into the website for you! W00t w00t!! Less typing for you!
So with a few free applications, you can now have very secure passwords all unique at every website, and just about anywhere a password is needed, and you only have to remember those 2 passwords! YEAH!!!
Now that I have freed up some of your brain power, remember to kill those useless braincells with booze! And while your doing it, don't forget to buy me a beer!
Questions? Comments? Post'm here, and post'm quick before I kill too many braincells and forget how to type!