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Basics of Shopping, Social, Work and School Internet Accounts for Your Passwords Journal

Just like a good old-fashioned address book, you may want alphabetized thumb tabs along the outside of the pages of your internet passwords journal to help you find your passwords later. So be sure to put your Facebook password in the Fs, your Google password in the Gs, and so forth. You’ll also find space to make updates whenever you change your password.

Shopping passwords

Most online retailers require you to set up an account with a password before making a purchase. Remember that many of these services can store financial and payment information depending on your preferences, so guard these passwords as much as you would your credit card or bank account numbers.

  • Amazon

  • iTunes (includes music, videos, and apps — usually the same as your Apple ID)

  • eBay

  • Etsy

  • PayPal

  • Department stores (including Target or Walmart)

  • Online discount sites (including Groupon and Woot)

  • Craigslist

  • Travel (including Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz)

  • Tickets (including Ticketmaster and StubHub)

  • Rewards programs (including Starbucks and Walgreens)

Social passwords

If you use a computer and go online regularly, you probably have a social media account or two (or twelve). Because these accounts are often the targets of hacking or phishing attempts, change these passwords frequently and use unique passwords for each account.

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Myspace

  • reddit

  • Dating sites (including eHarmony, Match.com, and OkCupid)

  • Tumblr

  • Yelp

  • TripAdvisor

  • Pinterest

Work and school passwords

This list includes passwords you use while at work or while studying. Be sure that you adhere to any applicable school or work security policies when creating and possibly writing down these passwords.

  • LinkedIn

  • Work network credentials

  • Work e-mail account (if different than personal e-mail account)

  • School network credentials

  • School e-mail account (if different than personal or work e-mail account)

  • School network accounts for your children

  • Online courses

  • Antivirus or security accounts

  • Voice mail

  • Tech support services

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