I am one of those folks who keeps all my passwords written down. I know lots of people use online password software these days, but it seems to me that if you need a separate password on almost every internet site that you visit in order to protect your data, that having all your passwords on the internet isn’t the smartest thing. Considering how good hackers are at what they do, why should I give them a helping hand?
Starting at least 10 years ago, I realized that my method of post-it notes wasn’t going to cut it any longer and I made a spreadsheet that I saved onto a thumbdrive after I printed it out. And since I often needed passwords at home as well, I printed two copies.. always on really bright paper (I kept my office copy in the middle of a binder, so the bright color helped me find it). Any changes got penciled in and then every year or so, I would update the file and print new copies.
About five years ago I was cleaning up in my room and ended up once again picking up my password printout off the floor. In fact, it was two versions… I don’t remember why. As I picked them up I thought to myself “I should put these someplace safer where I’ll remember where they are”. You know where this is going. The next time I needed those sheets, I couldn’t remember where I had put them. I spent A LOT of time looking for them, but clearly wherever I had put them, they were definitely safe.
Fast forward five years. I’m doing a massive cataloging project in my studio and a couple of days ago, I emptied out the drawer in which I keep my stencils. Now I open this drawer a lot to get to various stencils but I haven’t actually dug down to the bottom of the drawer for quite some time. As I was sorting through everything, I found the password sheets. What possessed me to put them in the stencil drawer? I have never ever put anything else in there for safekeeping.
This experience has made me realize a couple of things. #1 – I need to use my stencils more often. #2 – my password situation is still out of hand. #3 — every time I say to myself “I’ll put this someplace I’ll remember it”, I should just slap myself.
Have you ever permanently misplaces something?