Categorizing your Passwords

There are several ways to organize and maintain your passwords.  I recommend associating each online site with a category and then use a systematic approach to the complexity and frequency of changing your passwords based on the data held behind the password.

Here is my category list, starting with those needing the strongest passwords, diligent maintenance and greatest protection.

  1. Credit Cards
  2. Bank Accounts
  3. PayPal and other online payment merchants
  4. Retailers where you have saved your payment card information
  5. Secure Websites (those that begin with https://)
  6. Email accounts
  7. Social Networking websites
  8. Sites linked with your primary email address
  9. Sites linked with any other email addresses you use
  10. Sites that are not associated with your email address, but nonetheless the account is still associated to you
  11. Any other sites where you have a username/password

When you categorize the sites you use, be sure to note any extra security features such as a site key, a pin, or https  Also note those sites which you feel comfortable visiting on a public computer or unsecured wireless network (avoid going to sites listed in categories 1 – 5)

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3 Responses to “Categorizing your Passwords”

  1. Password Tip #2 « Jaime's Online Password Security Blog Says:

    […] Also starting today, make a list of sites that have these new and improved passwords.  Associate a category with each of these sites, so that we can further harden your passwords in the coming weeks.  My recommended categories are listed in this post. […]

  2. Using a Seed Word to Generate Category Passwords « Jaime's Online Password Security Blog Says:

    […] Using a Seed Word to Generate Category Passwords  I highly recommend organizing your online accounts into categories.  (If you need a refresher, here’s my original post.) […]

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