February Newsletter - #6
Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
(4 minute read)
I'm going to start by telling you what you already know. Put it on your calendar, create a post-it but put an effort into getting this done.
1. Collect all your passwords into one location. There are many good reasons for doing this--making things easier for your loved ones, avoiding identity theft, etc. Resetting and organizing your passwords can be tedious and complicated, but necessary (you might even want to hire a professional organizer to help you with this).
There are many ways to do this.
• You can keep them in a dedicated address book.
• You can have them in a notebook.
• You can hide them under the mattress...
• You can use an online password keeper (Like LastPass) more about that below.
2. Decide the best system for you. Over the years I have used LastPass as my password saver. It requires one encrypted password that lets you (or anyone you share with) to get into your accounts.
Think about it. If disaster strikes and you no longer have a home or office you can still access your information. Or if something happens to you your digital executor could still access your accounts. To get the information quickly to them is your gift to them.
Time spent figuring out what all your accounts are under stress and loss can be very time-consuming! So get them all in one place--every single place you created a password needs to be there.
So take the time to create your list and get everything organized in one place. Daunting? As an organizer, I can help you with the process.
3. Choose someone you trust and let them know how to access your passwords. Just tell them. You have to tell them, right? How would they know? (Do I sound like someone who might be familiar with this situation…?) It could be a lawyer all the way to your best friend to one of your children. LastPass has a family sharing plan allowing as many as you wish to have access with your permission.
1. Get all your passwords in one location.
2. Keep them updated and organized.
3. If there is a master password used, like LastPass, be sure someone you trust can access it on your behalf.
TIP 1: Don't create a passwords document on your computer and put it in a folder named "Passwords". A simple search or hack could reveal them too easily.
TIP 2: If you are traveling, print an up-to-date hard copy of this document and leave with a trusted person. Make it easy for them.
Want to sort it out together? Schedule Organizing Time with Jennifer
Good read: Your Digital Afterlife