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Have you thought about leaving your computer passwords in a will?




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Poll: Do you have password and access details in your will or somewhere safe? (21 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you have password and access details in your will or somewhere safe?

  1. Yes, they are written firmly in my will (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Yes, I have all the details written down and my family know where those details are (5 votes [23.81%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 23.81%

  3. Yes, I have all the details written down but they are hidden away somewhere (5 votes [23.81%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 23.81%

  4. No, I've never actually thought about it, but I will now! (8 votes [38.10%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 38.10%

  5. No, I had thought about it, but I only use my computer for browsing the net and nothing of great importance (2 votes [9.52%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  6. No, but my family members already know all my passwords anyway (1 votes [4.76%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

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#1

marko

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    Something which I've not given a great deal of thought to myself, is the fact that someday we will leave our computers for good and depending on how exactly we use them it could prove difficult for family members to access important data without the correct passwords.

    I, myself, perform most financial and billing duties online and I'm now beginning to think seriously about having this information either printed and stored somewhere safe or included in my will.

    Question is, have you thought about this yet or is the information you have on the computer not that important to warrent such a consideration?.
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    Claw

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      Sometimes it feels like I'm becoming part of the computer,,if so then I will not really pass away.Lol.Seriously though,yes I have my passwords already written down and put in a safe place.

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      Gremlinn

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        Well i'm broke so no bank account info from the Cayman Islands and nothing on my pc important enough to include in a will so,nope.

        They will prob wipe the drive and install what they want anyway if i go..lol

        Then again, they'll donate this old POS to a museum

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        Claw

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          Right next to mine Grem,,they will both be under the heading, "Would you believe...." !!!!

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          Wolf

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            I have no kids. Not that I know of.
            My wife and I share the same password vault that resides (encrypted) in a "DropBox".

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            BigB

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              I was thinking about this the other night just before bed as usual. Why do niggling questions always float around in my mind when I'm about to drift off?
              I have nothing that is ultra top secret that anybody needs to know about. The bank account is a joint one so no worries there. That just leaves my internet forums some of which will probably be gone or forgotten about.
              I'm changing all my passwords to "incorrect" so that when I forget the computer will remind me lol.

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              dstrout

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                All my passwords are stored in a KeePass database. I don't really have any important passwords yet other than the one to my bank account, but that's a sub-account on my mom's account, so no worries there.

                Still, its something that I have thought about. Not just passwords, but as the owner of several sites, what would happen to them all if I were hit by a car and killed tomorrow? None of my family could manage them. They would just die, I suppose.
                I'm a website developer from NH. Check out my site at dstrout.net!

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                GrayD

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                  Wow, what a great thing tp remember! Thank-you!

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                  mizdoc

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                    Nope.I never save anything personal on the web, so for the sites I do use a password on, who cares?Nobody needs them anyway.I'll just fade awaaayyy. :bye:

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                    Ralph C.

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                      My wife and I save all of our passwords and log-in details, and other important stuff in an Excel spreadsheet, protected with a complex password.Each of us have the same copy on our own laptops, and when either of us makes a change or addition, we highlight it in yellow and re-save.Then once a month I combine the 2 files into one making all of the changes to have one new file that is, at least for a while, up to date and the same on both machines.Both of our adult kids know the master password and can use the file when ever they need to.They both have Power of Attorney for both of us so, to say we trust them, is an understatement.It is my understanding that an Excel spreadsheet that is password protected is almost impossible to crack.I hope that I am correct in this.If not, I will have to find another method, but to date this works well for us.




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