If something were to happen to you today, would someone be able to go and close out all your online accounts?
Many of us have password lists, but the more computer savvy we get, the more accounts we open up. Some are financial accounts, but many more of them seem to be places like email marketing accounts, social media sites, photography sites, clothing store accounts, online magazine sites, shopping sites and so on…
When getting into business materials – whether you are a member learning OR the business owner – then there are customer private group areas, google accounts, email accounts, website accounts, hosting server accounts, contributing author accounts and more.
Add on passwords needed for phones, accounting software, or wait…what about the password to open your laptop??? And to your business banking account?? Family members bank account? Or Paypal account? Merchant accounts, in general, are common for business owners.
Seriously, a growing number of passwords we have to keep up with are overwhelming. I have an exercise for you to do today, so you can check-off “update password” from your “need-to-do one day” list!
Grab your current password list(s) and a blank piece of paper. Throughout the entire day, I want you to pay attention to every single place you go online where you need a password…and write it down. Don’t forget to include your email accounts.
Next, refer to your current password list and close out as many accounts as possible – the ones you don’t use on a regular basis. If you have scraps of paper with passwords on them, then gather them up and close out as many accounts as possible.
Then tonight, when you are sitting in bed, jot down other places you can remember that you have created a password for that may not have been listed.
Then on the day after tomorrow, get a new sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle of the page. Label one column PERSONAL and the other column BUSINESS.
Neatly write down (or type) the website address, your User ID/Acct Name/Acct # and the password. Simply place the info in the appropriate column.
If there is an emergency – whether it’s yours or someone else’s in your family – then getting someone to step in for you will be easier for everyone.
Some solo-preneurs think about these things but rarely take the time to keep their lists updated. It’s very important…do not delay.
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