As more of our world continues to move online, passwords become increasingly important. Most people's life security relies on their ability to come up with unique phrases used to secure everything from bank accounts to Facebook profiles on the web.

No joke, my password to every online account used to be “corkyteen!” (you could tell it was secure because I’d used an exclamation point).

That was nearly ten years ago, but it's hard to believe I ran around with that kind of risk.

After all, so much of our identities are tied to the web—and now my business is, too!

Having one password for every online account definitely was not secure, but it was convenient.

The only alternative I knew of was swapping out letters or numbers and then trying to remember whether my Facebook password was “corkyteen1”, “corkteen!”, or something else completely.

It turns out there was a better option the whole time—I just didn't know anything about it!

The Painfully Simple Solution

The solution I use today is to rely on a single, secure password manager, such as PasswordBox.

PasswordBox uses client-side encryption to store your username and password for each website that you use, relying on a single master password (that only you know) to unlock account information as you need.

Sure, you could come up with a complicated password on your own and save it in your browser, but what happens when you need to log on to a different computer, tablet, or even your phone?

Because PasswordBox is web-hosted, you can access your information from the browser extension or app on any device.

In addition, PasswordBox has a built-in password generator that comes up with better passwords than I ever could—and in much less time.

On top of passwords, you can store payment information and other safe notes within the app—keeping your digital information secure and accessible, at the same time.

“Use @PasswordBox to keep your account information secure—and access it from any device.”

PasswordBox is an elegant solution to the need for on-hand security in the digital world.

I've used LastPass and other alternatives before, but the look and feel of PasswordBox is a far leap beyond any password manager that I've seen.

Looking back, I can't believe the memory fatigue and frustration I put myself through—resetting passwords nearly every time I tried to log in.

Now, I have 229 passwords saved in my account. Even those accounts I use maybe once a year are ready and waiting, for the moment I need them most!

What's the least secure password you've ever had, or the first you remember setting up?


John Meese is the author of the #1 bestseller Survive and Thrive: How to Build a Profitable Business in Any Economy (Including This One). An entrepreneur himself, John is on a mission to eradicate generational poverty by equipping entrepreneurs with the tools and training they need to build thriving businesses from scratch. He is the CEO of Cowork Inc, co-founder of Notable, and regularly publishes interviews and insight at

5 thoughts on “The Problem with Passwords—and a Painfully Simple Solution

  1. I have been using RoboForm for many years. I have RoboForm Pro/Everywhere which keeps all my passwords/logins encrypted and synced with all my devices. Extremely powerful and useful in my experience.

  2. When I finally started using a PW app I went the free route, then iOS 7 destroyed it! I lost 60 passwords! I now have (for only $5) OneSafe, it’s a fantastic product and I’ve convinced at least 5 of my friends to buy it, but it isn’t web-hosted which is the one downfall. My favorite part is that it has my Credit Cards in it, I don’t have to pull my wallet out to make a purchase online anymore! I believe I now have close to 100 accounts stored there, thank goodness for encrypted backups! Good post, always great to share resources that add value.

    1. Ouch! Sorry you lost all that info. PasswordBox is also free, for the first 25 accounts, and you can refer friends to get more free account info from there.

  3. Useful stuff here. I have been a LastPass user for several years. I am amazed at how many hundreds to passwords I have logged. I will check out password box

    1. I hadn’t look at the number of passwords I had stored until I wrote this post. Hard to believe it’s over 200, and I’ve only used PasswordBox for less than a year!

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