Your password must contain an uppercase letter, three numbers, a symbol, a lowercase letter, and your sanity. The struggle is real… Each time I sign up for an account, or create an online account to avoid the paper coming into my house, I have to get creative with my creation of a password. Each company has its own set of requirements as to what your username should be, how many characters your password is, what characters they will allow you to use.
So, the first tool of organization that I want to share is one I have been using for several years, and it is my password app. I used to be one of those bad people that kept a notebook on my desk at work with all my passwords in it. But, I kept the passwords in the very back, so who would think to look for them back there! These were just my work passwords though and as companies made it more complex to create passwords and to reset your passwords I decided it was time to try something new.
I use Keeper, and according to their website, “Keeper utilizes world-class security to safeguard your information from hackers and cyber criminals.” They also have some scary stats, and having had a couple accounts hacked before, I try to do everything possible to keep it from happening.
I typically try to use free or cheap apps, and when I first downloaded this one in 2015 it was $15/year but the price doubled in 2016 to $30/year. I hate paying that high of a fee, but I have everything already organized based on personal and work-related accounts. It would take me hours to change to something new. I have tried several free options and don’t find them to be as good as Keeper. I like that I can change the fields, create folders and subfolders, and it is super easy to copy the password and paste into the password field when I need it.
They also have the option to create a password for you. It creates those gobbledygook ones that you would never remember, but thanks to Keeper, you don’t have to! The app has a back up so if your phone crashes your passwords are still maintained in their super safe cloud. Their website offers white papers on security, so if you feel like reading more about how to stay safe, check it out.
Keeper also offers a family option for $60/year for up to 5 users. I just can’t bring myself to pay this much, so the hubby has to call me when he wants a password to an account.
As I mentioned, I would love to find a cheaper password app, but I am super picky now, so share with me what you use and help me save some money!