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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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I like KeePass myself.

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


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



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.


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.


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 :)


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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