According to 1Password on my iPhone, I have 70 different passwords. That's for websites, work stuff, certain applications, etc. And I know for a fact that is not all of them. Those are just the ones that I remember to enter in.

I'm actually pretty good about remembering my passwords. But it's a PITA to have to do a "forgot password" thing for some website I haven't logged into in 6 months or something. It is way easier to just look it up. And since I always have my phone on me, 1Password is a life saver. Luckily, I picked up the Pro version a while back when it was on sale.

To be honest though, I don't think it would have mattered if I got the Pro version or the regular version... I honestly don't know the differences. Wait... I'm going to go look it up... brb.

... (no, seriously, i took a break here to google it) ...

Ah, here we go... you can read about the differences on Agile's website. Nothing crazy, but like I said, I got a deal I think. I don't remember - it was a while ago. So which should you buy? I don't know. Most of the stuff I've read says that if you think you might eventually want some of the Pro features, buy that first and get it out of the way (honestly, it's worth it). They don't really have an effective "upgrade" price in place (which sounds like an iTunes problem). So if you choose to get the standard version first and have to pay for it, you'll have to pay again for the Pro version.

Anyway, so I have my 70+ passwords in there. I also use the Wallet function for my bank account numbers, reward member numbers (delta airlines, hertz, etc), and various other things. There's also a Software grouping where I store my product keys for the Windows versions I have. I have a ton of other license codes I should probably put in there too. That's a whole other mess. But honestly would let me take advantage of the app even more. Not that I need my product codes or anything like that away from my computer - but it's nice to have them somewhere besides my computer... just in case.

All of this is of course protected by a passcode and various security settings. So if you have a passcode to unlock your iPhone (or iPod touch) AND this passcode, there isn't anyone getting into your stuff.

Sound interesting? I definitely recommend it. Especially with the ridiculous number of passwords I have discovered that I have.

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “How Many Passwords Do You Have?”

  • Tomas

    March 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I have an encrypted file of them, and there are 393 of ’em in that file.

    There are a few more flopping about loose (such as the passwords to get past the screensavers on my laptop, desktop, and smartphone), so figure right around 400…

    Interestingly they are NOT all the same password, but based on a personal algorithm that creates a password based on the combination of two factors, one personal and one based on what the password is for, so that’s around 400 DIFFERENT passwords.

  • ack154

    March 19, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Good god. Even if I add in the ones I am forgetting, I don’t think I’d be over 125 or 150. I would really like to come up with some sort of “algorithm” for mine. Probably 60-70% of mine are the same or VERY similar. And that’s not good.

  • Gita

    March 21, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks for the write-up on 1Password, Allan. We’re thrilled to hear that our software has helped organise, simplify and secure your online life. Blog entries like this really make our day, thank you again.

    Gita Lal
    AWS Customer Care