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August 31, 2020
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Elizabeth
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What do you both use to manage passwords?  I have a book, semi successful, husband uses list with abbreviations/hints which I don’t always understand, important in case of death learned the hard way, as we just handled an estate for relative!  😊 Thanks.   Elizabeth 

September 4, 2020
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We use Lastpass for our family vault of not only passwords but all things relating to memberships, subscriptions, financial products, etc. 

I personally allow Chrome to store passwords for my browser.

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September 14, 2020
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I’ve been meaning to ask the Geeks about password managers when I saw this question.
 
I would be curious the details of how to roll-out a password manager scheme for my laptops, desktops, smart phones.  My present status is having  a document of passwords and allowing Firefox to save my passwords on its browser.    Is the idea that you install LastPass on all electronics and then allow LastPass to create robust passwords (that are random characters and not meant really to be written down) that are autofilled when I go to a website or an app?  Does this create another step before I obtain access to an app on my smartphone or website on my laptop?   How did you arrive at using LastPass versus 1password (for example)?   Finally, would an alternative plan be to allow Firefox and Chrome to save passwords and even create passwords using random characters?      Thanks
September 14, 2020
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It’s on my list to cover this topic of password managers in our YouTube show. We did choose LastPass just because of longstanding recommendations from others. Other password managers may be as good or better – any system is only as good as your commitment to learning the system. So just pick one and learn to use it. We use LastPass as well as allowing Google Chrome to remember passwords. I consider that a backup – there are times that LastPass misses something and Chrome password manager picks up that slack. 

Starting to use LastPass was not all that simple – it took effort to set it up. I do think it has been worth it, but you need to be prepared for a learning curve. I especially like LastPass for 2 things: 1. Family shared folders – so Jim and I both have access to banking passwords etc. 2. Secure notes for things that aren’t passwords like Passport numbers, and pin numbers for credit cards.

September 17, 2020
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Thanks for your comments and looking forward to your future discussion on this topic.   

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