With every single service in the internet, regardless of its size, you get a user name and a password.
You should never
forget these but you should never write them down either because of security
AOL, ICQ, your Pop3-Server, the homepage,
the mail-forwader... Each of them requires a user name and a password.
Using the same password for all of them is too dangerous but remembering all
the passwords should be impossible for most of us.
Or are you able to remember the registry-key for StarOffice?
Fortunately, another way is available: Gpasman
was created for the administration of your passwords. You can get the GTK-program at
Naturally, the passwords are not saved publicly,
but rather in an encoded file named ~/.gpasman . In addition, this
file should not be readable to others (>> chmod og-rwx ~/.gasman).
On decoding, you have to enter a password for which you will be asked
whenever you launch the program. The advantage is obvious: you now have to
remember just a single password. However, should you forget this "Master Password"
you will have no chance of ever seeing the others again.
Gpasman homepage: http://www.student.wau.nl/~olivier/gpasman/