Yes. Everyone needs to share their passwords and logins – for everything. And this especially applies to business owners. Seems obvious right? I’d wager a large number of people have never done this.
I don’t know about you, but between my wife and I alone – not counting business accounts – we documented a bunch; I didn’t count them. Bank portals, computers, emails, phones, etc. They accumulate.
Each password was carefully written out with account numbers, descriptions (i.e. Dad’s iPhone), the associated logins, and organized on a large notepad. There was no Word document. No computer file.
It’s worth noting, this will take time and patience…be prepared. You may even need to reset a password or two, if you have any automatically populating when you log into an account(s).
No excuses. We’ve all got plenty of free time. By now, everyone must have reached on-demand overload and there are only so many news cycles or dog tricks, dances, babies, etc to watch on TikTok before your head explodes. And if you’ve been reluctant to check your weight recently or needed to research virtual AA meetings, I can tell you this password exercise can be healthy. It’s takes time and concentration. Stuffing your pie hole during the process is difficult. (I’ve tried.)
What did I do with my double secret probation hand-written list? I photocopied it. Then, hand-delivered it to my adult daughter who promptly commented, “this is so morbid, Dad.” But it isn’t. It’s Planning 101. And it’ll make everyone’s life a whole lot easier if someone you trust has your list. You’ll even get a sense of accomplishment knowing you did something productive with your free time.
I’m afraid there’s going to be some people who read this blog, think it’s a good idea, but never do it. We’re all procrastinators at some level and this task is boring. Isn’t it more fun to share some useless SnapChat? Mindless entertainment. And with high definition cameras and powerful processors, phones aren’t really phones anymore.
This documentation process is not without risk. If you have any “sensitive content” that could put a blemish on that saintly persona you’ve maintained, you will need to make an executive decision. Choose someone you trust or sleep with one eye open. Or both.
Now stop what you’re doing. Find a yellow pad. Print clearly.