How to Record the Passwords Used on a Computer

By James B. Jones

If you use a lot of online services and employ many different passwords, you may want to record the passwords in one location. Should you ever forget your passwords, but still need to access your email or IM services, there is a way for you to record all of your passwords as you type them. Just make sure nobody sees you doing it.

Things You'll Need

  • USB keystroke logger

Step 1

Connect your keystroke logger to your computer via a USB port. If you're using a family computer and you want to monitor your children's Internet habits, use a USB port on the rear of the machine to avoid questions.

Step 2

Install the software that comes with the keystroke logger. This program is very small and runs in the background. Additionally, you can turn it on and off if--ironically--you have the password for it.

Step 3

Restart your computer to complete the installation and setup of your keystroke logger. Now you can access the keystroke logs, which are automatically saved in a folder you designate.

Step 4

Alternatively, you can purchase a small notebook and write down all your passwords as you create them, provided you can keep the notebook secure.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are also hardware options for standalone password storage devices, which connect to your computer via USB. These can be somewhat expensive, but are convenient as they work as a rolodex of sorts for your passwords.
  • If you don't want the logs to be found, save the keystroke logs in an unrelated folder. One example of an ideal spot is the folder of a video game. Assuming those you're spying on aren't reading this, they're almost guaranteed to never find it.