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I like to use secure passwords—really long strings of characters that aren’t my dog’s name or the word “password”—but it’s hard to remember these things. Up until recently, I had a collection of .rtf files with all my password info in them. If I had to work with team members using an account for some online service, I would pass along the password to them directly in an email or via IM.

This world of security horror is now over. Thanks to Passpack, a brilliant free service, I can securely store my passwords online and share them with teammates securely. This is a brilliant system that allows you to keep complex passwords, while only needing to remember your passpack password and “packing key,” a short sentence used as a sort of additional password.

You can get a good sense of how the system works by viewing this video from Passpack: