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Do you ever have trouble keeping track of all your passwords? I know I sure do! Every Web site I visit seems to have different criteria for their passwords and I really don’t like all my passwords to be the same. That way, if one of my passwords got out somehow, other people wouldn’t have access to all of my accounts.

I’ve even had this problem with usernames too! On certain Web sites, my default username is taken by someone else, but on other sites, it isn’t. So, I sometimes have to make up a new one and it’s hard to keep track of them. I also wanted separate usernames for work and personal use. As you can see, this is one big mess!

I’ve tried suggestions, like using a program that enters passwords in for you. However, I became wary of that, because if an outsider used my computer, they might gain access to my accounts. I also heard of creating a document with all of my passwords in it. But again, if someone got ahold of that file, all of my accounts would be in jeopardy. All I needed was a secure list of my usernames and passwords that could be accessed anywhere. And I found exactly that with PassPack.

PassPack is an online password manager. Are you interested? I thought you might be. Read on!

To begin:

1.) Visit PassPack.com and click on the Sign Up button.

2.) Choose a username, a password, agree to their terms of service and then click Done. For security purposes, PassPack doesn’t ask for your e-mail address.

3.) The information you just typed in will be confirmed, along with a client code. Since you didn’t enter your e-mail address, PassPack cannot send you your information in the case that you forget. Your client code is the only way you can identify yourself to PassPack. So, make sure you absolutely, positively write that code down and keep it in a safe place.

4.) Below, you are asked to create a packing key. It is another form of security, which you’ll need to view and add passwords to your account. Go ahead and create one and then click Set Key. Be sure to write down your packing key as well.

5.) You will now see list of passwords, which should be empty. Click the link of Add a New Entry.

6.) A box will appear. Enter in the information you would like to give. PassPack provides the optional field of notes and it also allows you to link straight to the log in area of a Web site. When you are done with the entry, click OK and the new entry will be added.

Voila! You now have a simple and secure list of usernames and passwords. PassPack also suggests that you keep track of other private information by entering it into the Notes area.

When you are done entering all of your information, click the Save button, followed by the Pack it Up! button.

To view a password entry, just log in, click on the entry you want to see and the listing will be displayed.

Another suggestion I have heard of and sometimes use is that if you use tabbed browsing, such as with Firefox or Internet Explorer 7, set PassPack.com as one of your homepage tabs. That way, you just need to log in once and you can easily flip back and forth between the Web site and your list of passwords. For instructions on how to do this, visit this link.

Be safe!

~ Neil Patel