Passwords are only secure as where you keep them.

APC BIOPOD Biometric Password Manager (USB)A Fox News Story came out today saying that one in three individuals writes down their passwords. At first glance, this shows responsibility, and carefulness.

But, a closer analysis will reveal something completely different. Though people have good intentions, writing down passwords is a very bad idea. If you write down your password, someone can view it.

It may not even be in your office, or wherever you keep it. It could be that you accidentally throw your password away. After going out to the trash, it is basically fair game for everyone.

There are individuals who “dumpster dive” for such things. They know that most “secret” documents end up getting thrown away without a care in the world.

So, do yourself a favor, memorize your passwords. And change them every once in a while as well!

3 thoughts on “Passwords are only secure as where you keep them.

  1. I read a story just yesterday (I think it was on but I can't remember for sure), stressing the importance of writing down your passwords and/or pin numbers and keeping them in a secure location (like a safety deposit box at the bank, or with a trusted relative). The reason for this is because if you were to die, it is possible that your surviving family members wouldn't be able to access those accounts. Sure, you can always contact the company or bank and tell them that the account holder is deceased, but apparently some companies will then close the account! So…..I don't know. I see both sides, I guess. Just something to think about!

  2. That is a good point. I suppose it is up to preference as to how secure you need something.One thing is that the survey was actually done on "workplace" passwords. In the case of work places, it is probably better to memorize, because they can reset your password if necessary. For personal use, I guess that is a matter of personal preference.

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