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How do you manage your passwords?
How do you manage service account credentials (passwords) ?

I've long since passed the line where I can remember passwords and names of everything I need for daily operation.

That means everything from root passwords for *nix machines, IP addresses/hostnames, VPN connection credentials, database user/passwords and so on.

How do you organize and keep track of all that ?

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marked as duplicate by womble, David Pashley, splattne Jul 21 '09 at 16:38

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-1 Duplicate: see serverfault.com/questions/10285/… or serverfault.com/questions/21374/…, and that's just two likely-looking results from putting "password" in the search box on the upper right. –  David Mackintosh Jul 21 '09 at 1:41
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I just ask Bruce Schneier-- he already knows all my passwords, and yours too. –  Evan Anderson Jul 21 '09 at 2:30
    
@EvanAnderson I remember snickering at that comment the first time I noticed it, two years later I still laughed. :) –  Ward Feb 19 '12 at 21:28

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Another option for your password records is to write them down, keeping them secured in a safe.

This way they aren't accessible on your network. Granted the physical security may be a cause for concern, but so can storing your passwords on your work computer even with encryption.

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You shouldn't be asking because you should have a solution in place long before you need to ask. Having said that, I use PasswordSafe for passwords, mainly because it is cross-platform. Most other information is stored in a MySQL database, with MS Access as the front on Windows machines.

The company I work for also requires me to provide updated hard copies of all system details and passwords. Those are stored in a fireproof safe at a remote location. They're kind of nervous since the entire building and contents were destroyed by fire about 8 years ago.

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I like KeePass myself.

Its free, can be installed/run on a USB stick and also has an interface for my Andriod phone.

http://keepass.info

Here's a link to some screenshots of the program:

http://keepass.info/screenshots.html#scr2x

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Similar to Carl's setup we use password safe for usernames/passwords, and dokuwiki for everything else. We picked dokuwiki cause it fairly lightweight and doesn't require a database. Because it's all textfile based it's very easy to generate independent redundant copies. When things go wrong you can never have too many copies of your documentation :)

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I use Passkeeper for passwords and TiddlyWiki for non-confidential information. Passkeeper is a Windows application, but was portable (no installer required) before portable apps became common. TiddlyWiki is a portable, cross-platform wiki in a self-contained HTML file.

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