Call me naïve but when I started blogging I was severely underprepared for the overwhelming number of usernames and passwords I would be obliged to create. At one point my brain liquefied under the pressure to recall another friggin’ password and started dripping from my ears.
Yes there is the temptation to recycle passwords but while convenient it’s not a particularly sensible practice when you’re as active online as bloggers are. You want to be my bloggy buddy and share my posts and all I need to do is register? I’m IN. Subscribe? Can’t see why not!
I’ve got some formulae I use to help me remember my logins but I’ve also resorted to writing them down and keeping them in a secure place under lock n key.
Another reason I keep a hard copy register of my logins and other details is to ensure that if anything happened to me, my family would know where and how I had interests online.
The reality is, until they need to they just aren’t going to get that immersed in the detail of my internet ventures.
Today I thought I’d share a login tracker to help you stay on top of your logins.
The Simple n Sweet Login Tracker
First things first, this tracker is intended to be printed off before you fill it in with your username and passwords. You should NEVER record and store any passwords on your computer.
The tracker is available in A4 or Letter size and is editable in Word.
Although I’ve prefilled in some of the detail, you can overwrite the text by clicking in the cell or highlighting the words and entering your own.
I’ve used Word tables so you can add or delete tables and rows as you like.
I organise my logins according to the purpose of the sites and you can utilise a similar approach if you find it handy.
At the bottom of the logins I’ve included space to explain to my family how these logins all fit together and where they’d look for different information. Adjust the size of the box to suit.
You can even replace the header image by right-clicking on it and selecting change image. Once you’ve inserted your own picture format it so that the ‘Wrap Text’ status is ‘Behind Text’, you may also need to select ‘Send to the Back’. This will position the image behind both the black box and the text (‘Blogging Biz’).
And that my friends is that.
I’ve kept this post as simple n sweet as the tracker (plus my brain hasn’t yet sufficienlty coalesced for me to write a giant post).
I’m curious my friends, I know y’all have a mountain of logins to deal with – so how do YOU manage login chaos?
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Image credit: By Jeff Sheldon via Unsplash, the original image is CC0, no attrib. I’ve modified it a bit.