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xairbusdriver:
I was browsing through some posts a few days ago and saw that some of us are still relying on Keychain to store all our passwords. Then, today comes a blog about how to reset a lost admin password from Josh Centers via TidBITS. While there are several ways to restore ones admin password and it's probably worth printing this info and storing somewhere (hopefully you will remember where!), it does remind us that your Keychain password will be lost and all the passwords in that app will also be lost!

Moral: Don't ever forget your admin password! Or, keep it in 1Password that whose vault is shared on all your other devices. ThU32:-)

Weatheraardvark:
I use dashlane.   and I have password plus for mac
I also have a printed copy put some place

elagache:
Dear X-Air, Weatheraardvark, and WeatherCat users with long memories, . . .


--- Quote from: xairbusdriver on July 06, 2018, 12:10:28 AM ---Moral: Don't ever forget your admin password! Or, keep it in 1Password that whose vault is shared on all your other devices. ThU32:-)

--- End quote ---

Yup!  I use Password Wallet but same difference.


--- Quote from: Weatheraardvark on July 06, 2018, 05:07:18 AM ---I also have a printed copy put some place
--- End quote ---

That's good in some ways and bad in others.  Certainly you don't want any bad guys finding the printed copy.  I have a few passwords that have mnemonics to help me remember them.  Those include my Mac admin passwords, my iCloud password and of course, my Password Wallet password!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

Blicj11:
I use the free version of LastPass, (which I really like) which was acquired by by LogMeIn (which I don't like) for $125 million (which I would like - for myself).

dfw_pilot:
I'm a little OCD, so forgive me.

I keep our passwords in 1Password. But if my wife and I go out in a blaze of glory, how would our four young children be taken care of by relatives and get access to 1Password? I have my Master password printed. In a lock box. Over in a safe at my mother's house across town. The combo to the lockbox is printed on a label in my desk. That way, relatives can get to it, but only after a small "scavenge hunt". This helps to keep things secure from "helpful" relatives while my wife and I are still alive.

It's not fun to think about, but with so much access needed for our small kids if we were to expire, having all those logins and account numbers in one place (1Password) makes it easy. It just can't be too easy to get to that information until absolutely necessary. If you have dependents that rely on you - have a plan for them to get access to your accounts and logins. Here is another excellent resource: A Family Emergency Binder.

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