The best password manager for the elderly or less techie people is pen and paper.
There is no need to overcomplicate it or force anyone to use tech they don’t need or understand.
It’s okay to write down your passwords so long as you keep them safe.
Why Pen And Paper?
Where you store your passwords is not so much the problem as what passwords you use.
The number one goal is to avoid password reuse; this means every account gets its own unique password.
Password reuse is a far greater threat than someone finding your little book of passwords in your home.
What is a Unique Password?
A unique password is…
- Never reused. Once you use a password, you can never use it for another account.
- Decently long. Ideally, you want your passwords to be 10 characters or longer; getting to this length is easy, and I’ll show you how.
- Nothing that relates to you. This means you don’t use a child or pet’s name in your password.
How To Make Unique Passwords
The easiest way to make unique passwords is to use a site like https://www.warpconduit.net/password-generator/.
- Set the Quantity to 50.
- Set Length to 10 or greater.
- Check the box “Capitalize the first letter of the password.“
- Press the “Generate Passwords” button.
This will create passwords that look like this…
Print Those Passwords
Print those passwords out in large font, as I’ve done below.
From here, you can use this sheet(s) as your password book.
When you change your password or create a new account, look at this sheet for the next available password.
Write the website name and your username next to the password, so you know if it’s taken and to keep track of your accounts.
If the website requires a special character, you can add it as shown below for the “Facebook” account (I Added “?”).
I love this method as you can tell what letters of the password are capitalized and what is a number even if you have bad handwriting like me.
This also forces you to keep the passwords somewhat organized. I’ve run into many people who have a password book but everything is scattered and you can’t read what password they wrote.
If you have someone you trust give them a copy of your password book.
Or at least make them aware of where you keep your password book.
Why Not Try A Password Manager?
A password manager is not for everyone, but many won’t know until they try it.
I’ve made a beginners guide that walks you through setting up a password manager called Bitwarden. It’s free, and I try to help beginners get started in the video below.
Why not give it a shot? You might find it easier?
Make sure to write down your master password to your password manager and keep it somewhere safe. A password book would be an excellent place for this, along with other important passwords! You don’t have to keep everything in the password manager if you don’t fully trust it.