Keeping Web site passwords in text files
On my Linux Box, I use the Firefox browser with a Master Password. Once I enter my Master Password, I can access all the saved passwords and user names for Web sites I visit. The Master Password is a good feature of Firefox. However, if one forgets the Master Password or if Firefox becomes broken, then all is lost.
Last week, on my Linux Box, I was able to run in a non-GUI environment, but I could not start the GUI of the GNOME Desktop. As a result, I couldn’t use Firefox. So I did a small installation of Linux CentOS 6.5 on a spare hard drive, and mounted the “old” hard drive. That way, I could access my Web passwords and usernames which I had saved in files within folders of my home directory.
Now, Firefox runs from the “new” disk, but I used the “old” disk to get the Web site passwords and user names. Also, I choose my passwords carefully and they are generated with the help of “random” characters and edited in a text editor. Then, they are saved as a text file, typically “pass”.
There is a directory WordPress, one called Twitter, one called Yahoo and so on. Each directory has its file, typically “pass”, with the password for the respective Web site.
I find it convenient to safeguard my web site passwords both in text files, and within the Firefox browser, protected by the Firefox Master Password.