How To Avoid Frustration with a Password Log

A few years back, a friend’s family member died, leaving behind quite a mess for his family to deal with–mostly because he had gone paperless and had failed to leave a password list or log.  His probate case was tedious and expensive because of his lack of attention to this detail.

The benefit of a password log is two-fold.  First, you should have a password log for your loved ones just in case you were to become incapacitated or die.  Second, if you’re like me, you occasionally forget your password to a certain site or service and need a reminder without the rigamarole of resetting a password–or the inconvenience of getting locked out of an account.

To get started, print a password log.  I have one available on this blogYou do need to be a subscriber to access it, so click here to do so.  Then go through the sites you have accounts for and write down the user ID’s or e-mail addresses and the corresponding passwords.  File it away in your home management binder.  Each time you create a new password, add it to the list.  Make a note on your calendar to update your passwords once a year.

One note:  For security reasons, the password log file is not fillable, editable, or savable like the majority of my printables.

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Did you already have a password log?  Where did you have it stored?  Let me hear from you in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “How To Avoid Frustration with a Password Log

  1. Wow that is so crazy to think about! I’m sure that was a mess trying to figure out passwords. I started keeping a log a few years ago and it makes it soo much easier looking at what my passwords are especially when you have to update them often!

  2. Yes–and great point! A number of my passwords (insurance, mortgage, even my student loan) must be changed after a certain period of time has passed and can’t be remotely similar to any of the last five or so passwords. For those accounts, I’ve started logging my most recent passwords just to save myself some aggravation!

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