I have advised clients on too many occasions (1 is too many), not to leave passwords where they are easily seen. Do you leave your list of passwords by your computer? Is that list taped to the computer itself? Are they taped on your desk? I have seen clients leave their passwords taped both to their computer and their desk. One client in the Forest Hills section of Queens had her list of passwords taped on her kitchen wall. This was by the table where she uses her laptop (She did move it after I talked to her about it.)
I mentioned to my Forest Hills client that anyone passing by it can easily get her passwords. She and others have told me that they trust their children, boyfriend, housekeeper, etc. Statistics have shown that if you are a victim of identity theft there is a good chance that a relative or friend you trust could be the one doing it. What if you are having furniture delivered and one of the deliverymen takes out his smartphone camera to take a picture of your password list? I think you get my point.
You need to store your paper list of your passwords in a secure place. There are better ways to store that paper then I noted above. If you have a safe with a lock consider putting it there. I have recommended this to some clients and they said it was too much of a hassle to walk to it. Could the safe be moved? Could you get a smaller safe to keep closer to your computer? A storage area that looks like a book or a soda can perhaps? Inside a desk hidden in an envelope marked “address labels” perhaps? Nothing is perfect but to use the football analogy you want to move the chains. Be careful of where you store that list of passwords. Keep it in a relatively secure place. Some of those password lists that I saw contained password information for accessing bank accounts. I will go one step further here. Someone who obtains your login information also could very well get access to the answers to your security questions. This could leave you open to someone opening credit cards, bank accounts etc in your name and stealing your identity. So please leave those papers containing your login information in a safe place.
So where do you store your list of passwords? If it is in plain sight will you now move it to somewhere safe? All comments are welcome. And BTW that client of mine in Forest Hills now keeps her passwords in her bill organizer (in an envelope marked “address labels”) which is also in her kitchen and a big improvement.
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