Kit #3. I need to keep my passphrases safe

I keep all important passphrases in my paper agenda and in my mobile phone and my browser remembers all the passphrases I use online. That is probably not safe. Is there a better solution?

You’re using several online services and have a different passphrase for each because it’s safer. You can’t remember all of them so you allowed your browser to remember them when you first logged in. You also have other important and sensitive details to remember, such as PINs, credit card numbers and important phone numbers. Since it’s impossible to remember them all, you keep these numbers and passphrases on paper and in a text document on your desktop. If the paper agenda is lost you’ll be locked out of your accounts. If someone gains physical access to your computer or mobile phone and finds the paper agenda, too, then gaining access to all of your accounts is trivial.

What you should do

There are a few options for good passphrase management and many poor passphrase management practices. Here is a list of what you should and shouldn’t do.

To keep in mind

Where to find more help

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