Let’s face it, no matter how old you are, keeping up and remembering passwords is just frustrating.
So, what is a good way for seniors to remember all those passwords? – The solutions to remembering passwords can include writing down username and passwords on index cards, spreadsheets, journal, etc. It can also include using third party programs like LastPass and Enpass.
We all know it’s important to use a conglomeration of letters, numbers and symbols and we also know that all passwords should be changed about every 6 months or so.
Imagine trying to keep up with all of this and remembering all these passwords when you are an elderly person!
If you are looking for ways to help your elderly parent or senior loved ones to remember their username and passwords then read on.
The Pen And Paper Method
Create a central location to write down the name of the program, the username and password. It could be a journal, a rolodex of index cards, an address book, anything that can be organized in such a way so that it’s easy for someone to find what they are looking for.
There’s a great little Password Book for seniors that would make a nice gift for someone!
Third Party Password Manager Programs
Third party programs are a great way to save passwords but if your elderly person has trouble accessing those programs then it’s not a viable option.
Two of these programs that I can recommend are Last ass and Enpass.
Last Pass is a program that saves passwords for you. There is a free version and a premium version for only $24.00 per year. You can read more about LastPass here.
Enpass is another program that is similar to LastPass but is marketed more for mobile devices, although it works on desktops as well. It also has a free version that’s limited (meaning it only saves up to 20 passwords). If you opt for purchasing it, the cost is $144.00/year.
There are others and I encourage you to explore them but more or less they are all very similar.
All three browsers that most of us use, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome give you the option to save passwords which can auto populate the page so that you don’t have to enter the information each time.
You can also access this list of saved passwords if needed. But again, if the elderly person cannot access this list of saved passwords, it won’t help in the long run.
Personally, I don’t recommend this method simply because it’s not very safe and could be susceptible to being stolen via malware.
Password Creation Techniques
We all know (well, most of us at least) that passwords these days need to be a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. The idea is to make it as difficult as possible to figure out what the password might be.
But for seniors who want to recall a password, whether it’s a master password or not, it’s very difficult to remember this combination.
So, a trick I read once a while ago was to use a complete sentence. Something like…
The name of my dog when I as 10 was Snoopy.
My wife and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon in 1935.
As long as they are able to remember the sentence they used, then this trick will work.
I would recommend to avoid using things like family member names, pet names, birth dates, house numbers, etc. Any information that is already tied to your name (and can be easily found online) should not be used on your password.
Online Security For Personal Information
This has nothing to do with passwords but a side note that’s worth mentioning is on how to simply beef up your security for online sensitive data such as your bank’s website, financial institution (i.e. Raymond James, Schwab, etc.) health provider, health insurance, etc.
For these types of sites I would recommend to create a separate email address and use that email address JUST for these types of websites.
Is it safe to save passwords on my computer? – Many of us have gotten used to letting our browsers save our usernames and passwords for us. This is very convenient but not a safe thing to do. If the computer was stolen, all your information would be available to the thief, including the credit card information you probably also stored in your browser. A better method would be to use a 3rd party tool like LastPass.