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The Personal Internet Address & Password Log Book
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Keeping passwords and website addresses organised and easily accessible is quite a challenge, and as security is of paramount importance it can be a daunting task. I used to be a very meticulous person with my filing and household invoices, but when the world turned global and I found myself paying and doing everything online, it became clear that my ever expanding list of passwords needed to be organised in one place. Not I might add in my head or on sticky notes as over time there became too many to remember.
When I spoke to my father recently who is a newbie to computing, and now in his eighties, it became clear that he too was suffering under mountains of passwords and he was finding them hard to recall. This had led to him being locked out of his accounts on many occasions, with all the work that entailed of resetting passwords and talking to financial call centres at length.
There are many methods of storing passords on-line which I will not go into in this review, and some may favour these, but I decided that I would prefer an old fashioned method that would not be at the possible mercy of computer failure.
To solve this problem I eventually turned to Amazon where I found a book -"The Internet Address and Password Logbook" which was being sold for the reduced price of £4.29 plus free supersaver delivery. The book has 144 pages which are tabbed alphabetically, is spiral bound, and is notebook size at 4-1/4" wide by 5-3/4 high. It is well made, and has plenty of room for all those passwords and web addresses. It also has a section at the back in which to record useful internet and computer information including software license numbers, internet customer service provider numbers etc.
I was very impressed as I turned the first page to see a warning with a red sign saying "Stop and Read!" It makes it perfectly clear that whilst this book facilitates the organisation of security information in a logical easy to find manner, that this itself presents a security risk, and that storing the book securely is of paramount importance. This must be discreet or locked away, and that travelling with the book is discouraged for obvious reasons. I think these points are why I used my brain, scraps of paper, and other disorganised methods for so long fearing a security breach, but this was getting too irritating. So with the new calm manner in which I can access my accounts and websites, I now can spend more time making my computer safer running extra anti- virus software, and generally remaining more vigilant about personal details. As it is always recommended to use different passwords for different websites, and to change these frequently, this book does allow a degree of serenity to lie over the whole process of logging on!
The book is made from good quality paper and I have found there to be plenty of space in which to enter my many passwords. I have tried to do this as the need arises, so for example if I need to visit my bank I have added this to the book, and online shopping sites, and details of other websites are added as and when they crop up. I couldn't face the task of copying all of them at once, I think this would have driven me to tears with boredom and I would probably have made a mistake.
I didn't think I needed this book as I have quite a good memory for information. However I started to notice that sometimes if I had been away for a couple of weeks I was having difficulty recalling passwords, probably due to tiredness, and this has really helped me to get more organised. It is a calming feeling rather than having a jumble of possibilities in my mind. My memory was like a sieve when trying to recall some passwords, and as I have so many designed to be tricky to emulate, this itself was proving to be counterproductive to facilitate effortless accessibility to websites.
The book is made in America by Peter Pauper Press - website address is at www.peterpauper.com. The company was founded in 1928 and make many journals and notebooks. This long heritage is probably why this book is such high quality and I feel represents good value for money.
I think this would make an excellent gift for anyone who uses the internet for many tasks, and more especially for elderly users who must also be advised to store this discreetly, and not adjacent to their computer where a burglar would come across it too easily.
I have stocked up on these for Christmas gifts, including one for my daughter who really has a need for this. Her sticky notes have been breeding all over her office, and she has on many occasions completely forgotten vital passwords.
It's a passport to effortless logging on. The book lies flat on opening due to the spiral binding, and so you can copy details across with ease. Just be aware of the person looking over your shoulder, virtual or real, as this book could cost you a lot more than a forgotten password if it falls into the wrong hands. Finally as my title suggests don't fly with this or travel with it anywhere, as loss will render your secret details public knowledge, and you really will pay the price of being organised!