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 blog. You 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.
How Did You Do?
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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