Backup your password databases

For those who are using Password Safe, or some other password management program, a quick word of caution: back up your password databases! Send copies to your email address. Store them on USB sticks. Send copies via email to friends. Upload them to Dropbox.

Since good password management systems store passwords in encrypted databases, it doesn’t hurt to have a few copies of the database floating around in the world. If your database gets corrupted or you lose your database, you can always revert to one of the backups. I’ve had two corrupted PasswordSafe databases in a few years of usage, so it’s a rare but perfectly plausible event that you should plan for. There’s also the possibility that your hard drive crashes or your laptop gets stolen, and you lose your database that way. So plan for the worst, and make frequent backups of your database!

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