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Online password security

March 03, 2011

I often find myself forgetting my passwords and usernames to various sites. So recently, I decided to get serious about password management.  I use KeyPassX (or KeyPass if you are using windows) as a secure way to encrypt and record the urls, usernames and passwords to sites.

I also signed up for Google 2 step verification. This is useful for many reasons, but one in particular is that your gmail account contains a lot of information that can be used to access your other accounts.  Once you get past the initial setup, everything works seamlessly as it did before.  Enterprises have traditionally paid big bucks to implement this type of 2 factor authentication, typically requiring issuing RSA tokens or similar to all employees.  It's great to see a more integrated solution being provided directly to consumers.

Dropbox has nothing to do with your password security, however it is a great tool to sync files between your computer, web, and devices.  So one way to always be sure that you don't lose your KeyPass database or your Google verification backup codes is to place them in a private dropbox folder that you can reach from everywhere.