Why Your Wallet is the Best Password Manager


Although I use them to store passwords for sites that don’t require much security, password managers are something I generally stay away from. Why? Because they store the information on my hard drive, a thumb drive, or a website, all of which could be compromised by a determined hacker. Even a relatively unsophisticated hacker could exploit an unpatched vulnerability leaving my passwords open to inspection. My personal security policy is to make it as hard as possible for someone to get to my passwords.

So, I write them down and keep them in my wallet.

Yes, that is the most secure “password manager” there is. No one can get to your wallet from the Internet or your PC. Passwords written on a piece of paper and stored in your wallet are nearly impossible to compromise – someone would have to steal your wallet (or you’d have to lose it) to get at them. How likely is that? I’m 55 years old and have never lost my wallet or had one stolen. Even if someone did get hold of wallet, they wouldn’t know what sites the passwords apply to. I have a secret code that tells me which password goes with what site, and no one is likely to be able to decipher it.

Just be sure not to write down your username with the passwords.


The Geek

2 Responses

  1. Hi Ken…interesting post..I could not live without my password manager..but each to his own! Nice blog here btw…heaps of cool “geeky” stuff..right up my alley!
    Stuart Stirling

  2. Ronald says:

    While you may think your passwords are safe in your wallet, you still are at risk for keyloggers and other malware when you enter your password on a computer. The most popular password manager right now is Roboform, give them a try and see how you like it.

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