So many activities involving a computer require an account with login credentials to uniquely identify yourself – ie, a user id and password. Keeping track of all of these online accounts gets to be quite a chore.
Many websites want you to use your email address as the login id. Please note that it is inadvisable to use your email password as the password for another account. This makes it easy for spammers to hijack your email address and use it to send out spam messages, A good practise is to have at least one password which is not the same as your email password for accounts/websites which use your email address as your login or user id,
I tend to have 2 categories for accounts:
- important ones (where money or reputation are involved if those accounts are abused by an untrustworthy person),
- non-important ones (which I need to access a service or information but won’t harm my bank account or reputation if discovered by someone else).
Here are some examples of accounts I would consider as important:
- online banking, an investment portfolio, utilities (Phone, cable, electricity)
- email, skype (internet phone.messaging), etc
- social networking, dating websites.
Here are some examples of accounts I would consider less important:
- Warranty registrations,
- contests for less valuable prizes,
- any other account where no significant money or reputation is involved.
If an account is important, it merits a unique login id and password which you should record somewhere safer than on a piece of paper under your computer keyboard. Sure, it is convenient, but too easy to guess. If an account is not important, it is probably okay to use the same password as your other less important accounts. Something easy to remember (opensesame or letmein, etc.) should be fine. Keeping track of all these accounts is far easier if there are fewer passwords when they don’t need to be unique.
Some people use a program to manage their login credentials including user ids and password and the website they go with, The better password managers allow making a backup of the list which can be restored in the event of damage to your computer, If you are organized, it is possible to manage all of your accounts and passwords manually.Just make sure that you can find the information if you have to login to that website in the future.