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"Forgot your password?" is a link I click too often. Making our passwords complicated and unique increases our security, but it also increases the probability we will forget them. Sign-ins need to be stored securely, not on scraps of paper or in Excel documents on your computer, especially for personal and financial information.

To help us keep them straight, there are secure password managers available online. Mitto.com is a free password manager that allows you to store multiple passwords in one central and secure location. If you have an iPhone or Mac, the Wallet app, for $4.99, is another storage option that allows you to store serial numbers, Web passwords and credit card numbers.

Secure password storage is also a perk of subscribing to sites such as Orggit.com and InformationSafe.com.

Both sites charge an annual fee of $50, a small investment to keep your critical information secure, organized and in one central spot easily accessible to you and your family. Passwords, wallet information, health information and online filing cabinets to store tax and legal paperwork are available through these sites. Sticking to one secure site that contains all of the information you'll need by inputting just one password, is the smartest and easiest solution to make your life easier and keep your sensitive info and your sign-ins safe.

Angela Self is one of the founders of the Smart Cookies money group.

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