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#1 jc0481



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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:42

My wife's grandmother is in her late 70's. She is having a hard time managing her passwords. She uses Windows 7 by the way and also has an ipad 2. She doesn't use IE. Something she likes better the MSN browser (yeah I know).

How can I help her out and make managing passwords on both her Windows computer and ipad easier for her?

#2 Gerowen


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:52

I would just give her a real life paper notepad and let her write them down on that. A lot of times, at least in my experience, older people want their computers and devices to be as simple as possible, I mean really Barney style, and pen and paper is something she'll understand a lot better than trying to get to a password manager program that's installed on the computer or iPad she can't remember the password to.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 14:24

I recommend Dashlane.

From what it sounds like, your wife's grandma is more tech savvy than my mother. And if my mom can figure out Dashlane, I think anyone can. (Mind you, I got my mom an iPod for Christmas a couple years back. The following Christmas, she asked me for 3 hours of tech support because she couldn't figure out how to set it up...sigh).

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 14:36

Lastpass is pretty good.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 14:45

Lastpass is pretty good.

Pretty happy with LastPass myself on the desktop. It's not free on mobile devices though but a trial (at least on WP7 and Android, not sure on iOS), and not from personal experience but I've read in multiple places that it's pretty bad on iOS.

#6 Growled


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 23:40

Yeah, I use Lastpass all the time. Works great for me.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:32

LastPass here too, as said not a free version for mobile devices though but $1 a month seems
fair if you really needed it on the ipad.

#8 Aaron011


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 00:31

I highly recommend SplashID Safe because it a user-friendly app. Aside from password management, it also serves as a virtual safe for unlimited types of confidential records - which is greatly beneficial to her as handy reference all the time.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:27

1password works really well and is user friendly, it could even sync her passwords and secure notes via Dropbox to her iPad if she wishes.

She is going to have to use something other than the MSN browser to use that however.

#10 Ryya



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:02

Keeper from keepersecurity works really well and syncs across all devices flawlessly. Highly recommended.

#11 leesmithg


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:09


Get your me ma something like here

Then get the software from here

When she wants to edit or log into her finger print reader to change things, then just set her pass word as her name and house/flat/apartment number.

The software I use is here it's the latest version and works on 8.

It is Upek Protector Suite v5.9.7.7256.

#12 francescob


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:19

I vote for a real notepad too, no need to remember anything or do backups. I cringe every time somebody forgets the passwords or loses them because their computer crashed (especially those on documents, I think there's a special place in hell for whoever sets excel passwords).

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:03

Funnily enough I was going to suggest a real notepad as well :)