Passwords and emergencies

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4-Step Computer Security Upgrade

Learn to encrypt your files, secure your computer when using public Wi-Fi, enable two-factor authentication, and use good passwords.

My wife and I were just discussing how difficult it would be for either of us to access the other’s financial and other important electronic files if anything were to happen to either of us. That is because neither of us knows more than a couple of the other’s passwords.

This can be an even bigger problem for solo practitioners. We all need a back up plan so that someone could gain access to our files in an emergency. If you are still on paper, you might just leave a file cabinet key with a spouse, but what about your electronic communications with clients?

I keep track of all my passwords using KeePass (KeePassX on OS X and Linux), so they are all in one place. But that file has its own password, and I am the only one who knows it.

I don’t have a contingency plan yet, but I know I need one. What is your solution?

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