I don’t know about you but I need passwords daily – hell even hourly. To login to clients FTP sites, to login to CMS’s, PayPal accounts, MySQL databases.At any one time I have about 10 current passwords running round my head.
Then – boom – like a bolt out of blue I’ll get a request for either some work on an old web site – or a client who’s forgotten how to login to SagePay.
So what I would normally do is trawl through all of my old emails where they might have sent me a copy of their login credentials (and I might have had enough forethought to mark with a reg flag in my inbox so I knew it was actully something important) – but all in all it would take minutes of my precious time, and distract me from the matter in hand.
Imagin my horror when one of the agencies I work for asked for a spreadsheet of all the FTP logins, Zen Cart logine & hosting logins for their set of clients! Aaargh!! To collate that would take days…. I complained!
But do you know what? It didn’t actually take that long at all. I sent them back an Excel spreadsheet, with each clients details on a separate tab, and each sheet contains every password, username & url link one could possibly need to manage their online sites.
So now I have done the same for ALL my current clients – everytime a new client signs up – he/she immediately gets a new tab and I can just copy and paste the relevant detail into their tab.
OK it doesn’lt always look pretty – but its always to hand – evidenced by the fact that its almost always open on my machine.
I have taken the basic security precaution of password protecting the spreasheet in case it fell into unwanted hands – but I think I can manage to remeber one password.
It would be interesting to know any other developers tips for managing this issue