Hi Dick,After recovering from the shock of learning about a friend's disaster, I replied with a few suggestions. I thought I would share those suggestions here.
My house is in the middle of the flood zone in Longmont, Colorado When I was evacuated, I grabbed my phone, laptop, and a few clothes and ran out the door. Fortunately, my DC phone charger was in the car but I keep all my passwords in a Rolodex in a secure location at home. Unfortunately, that didn't help me in the evacuation shelter.
What do you recommend for a secure "cloud" storage so I can access them in this situation?
If the only concern is keeping passwords in a safe and secure service in the cloud, I will confess I have never tried any of the available password manager services. However, I do see the TopTenReviews.com web site has a review of such managers at http://online-password-manager-review.toptenreviews.com.
I use a different approach to keep both passwords and all other private information in the cloud in a manner that is safe and secure. My preference is to keep all my passwords in an encrypted file on my computer stored in the Dropbox folder. The file is encrypted so that no one can see my passwords, even if they are seated in front of my computer when the system is running. The only way to view my passwords is to use the appropriate encryption/decryption program that I use and then to enter the long encryption key that only I know.
Since the information is stored in Dropbox, that file is automatically copied to my other computers (laptop, office, etc.) and is also available on Dropbox's web site.
Of course, if I ever have to retrieve the file from the Dropbox web site at a later date, the file will still be encrypted. That's not very convenient if my computers have just been destroyed, but decryption will still be possible by installing the (free) encryption program on the replacement computer. I also will need to remember the encryption key.
I use the same method for passwords, bank account information, credit card numbers, income tax records, and anything else that I want to keep private. I have several dozen encrypted files stored in Dropbox.
Another method is to use the built-in encryption that is included with Evernote. However, Evernote uses a a 64-bit RC2 key, as described at http://evernote.com/contact/support/kb/#/article/23480996. That's probably good enough to lock out 99.9999% of the hackers and I wouldn't hesitate to use that for most things. However, for my really sensitive data, such as a list of passwords, I want to use a bit heavier encryption, such as 256-bits or more of AES or Blowfish encryption.
There are a few other encryption methods as well, but AES and Blowfish are the two best-known ones and are available in numerous free encryption programs. The US Department of Defense reportedly uses similar methods. If that method is good enough for the U.S. military to protect its secrets, I figure it is good enough for me.