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3 ways to remember your betting account passwords – The good, the bad and the ugly

By February 19, 2018Other
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If you’re into matched betting, you’ll know how many different betting accounts us matched bettors have open. If you’re new to matched betting you may be confused as to why we have so many, which I’ll explain below. The aim of this article is to help you find the best way to remember your betting account passwords and login information. With so many betting accounts open, this adds another challenge to matched betting.

Why do I need so many bookie accounts for matched betting?

The whole point of no risk matched betting is taking advantage of bookies free bets and bonuses. On average, we aim to extract 80% from each free bet we use. Obviously the more offers we complete, the more money we make with matched betting. It’s really that simple.

Therefore we need to profit from as many bookmakers as possible. With the barrier to entry at an all time low, there are hundreds of bookies online, most of which we can make money from. We open as many accounts as possible to maximise our profit with matched betting.

With this comes the added challenge of storing and remembering all your passwords and login information for each betting account. It gets quite tricky when you’ve got over 50! So what are the best ways to keep track of this data?

How do you keep track of so many betting account passwords?

Over the years I’ve tried and tested a number of different methods to remember my account information. Below are the three most common ways.

Pen and paper

Sometimes the old ways are the best.

When I started out with matched betting, I didn’t use any fancy software or tools to help me.

I was new to the concept and wanted to take a step at a time. To record my login information, I initially used a good old pen and paper. There’s still something about physically writing that sometimes keeps me away from technology, or is it just me?

Whilst this is arguably the easiest method on the list, it’s not very flexible and you can still lose all your information. Unless you write in pencil, changing or updating data is not very easy. It’s also very easy to lose a piece of paper.

When you have more than 50 betting accounts, there’s nothing worse than losing all the login information. You’re likely to remember passwords for the more common bookies like Ladbrokes and Coral, however, there’s too many to remember them all. Not many of us have photographic memories.

Another downside to this method is security. Anyone can find a piece of paper and use that information to access your betting accounts. Not to mention, some of these accounts may have large sums of money in them. Whilst this is unlikely to be a problem at home, it could easily happen when you’re out and about.

Resetting passwords is an easy process these days, however, doing it over 50 times is a pain and takes up a lot of time. You’re best off completing the latest matched betting offers and making more money.

Whilst jotting down account information is a great method to use when you get started, I’d upgrade to one of the methods below as soon as possible. Anyone can use a spreadsheet…

Excel spreadsheet

One step up from physically writing information down is to record you account data in an Excel or your personal preference of spreadsheet. Google sheets is another great option and you can store your documents in the cloud and access it from anywhere very easily.

Contrary to pieces of paper, you’re unlikely to lose a spreadsheet unless you clear out your hard drive. With cloud storage so efficient and cheap these days, I recommend you get started with this if you haven’t already. That way you’ll never lose any of your data. Most comprehensive cloud storage platforms have many back ups and guarantee your information will be secure. You can also password protect your documents.

Personally, I’ve used OneDrive and Google Drive. Both of these platforms provide brilliant solutions to cloud storage and you won’t have a problem with either. It just comes down to personal preference.

If you don’t fancy using a spreadsheet, another option is to use an application like Evernote. Another personal favourite of mine, you can easily access documents from any device and you also have the option of adding a password to the document. You don’t want any unwanted visitors stealing your passwords.

Password tracker

The most comprehensive option on the list is certainly a dedicated password tracker. These browser extensions are brilliant pieces of software for general use as well as matched betting. I thoroughly recommend installing one. If you don’t want to use a browser extension, most modern browsers have password trackers built in.

As with most things online, there are free versions and premium versions available. We’re not affiliated with any companies but my favourite is certainly 1Password.

Their platform works incredibly well for password management especially for matched betting. It has the option of local or cloud storage for your passwords, their software supports all platforms (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android), and it costs just $2.99 per month for the standard version and $4.99 for the family version.

Passwords matter

Keeping your betting accounts secure is the number one priority. In some cases (specifically in your betting exchange accounts) there will be a lot of money. Possibly over £500 at times. With all the internet hackers out there, looking to cause problems wherever they can, someone’s bound to be trying to access your account.

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It’s important to remember, using the methods above will not stop hackers from guessing your passwords. You need to create a strong password in the first place. I strongly recommend you never use the same password twice and you make your password as strong as possible.

A lot of sites these days have a password strength indicator which it’s important to take into consideration when creating your password.

Using a password generator is another brilliant option to create a strong password. There are a number of generators out there, however, 1Password which we mentioned earlier has this very technology built into its platform.

The good, bad and ugly

The good is certainly using a dedicated password tracker, the bad is using a spreadsheet which makes the ugly writing down your passwords on paper.

All in all, each method has its benefits but in the age of the Internet, I recommend you use a browser extension like 1Password. It takes all the hassle out of storing and remembering your passwords which ultimately gives you more time to complete the latest matched betting offers and make more money online.

Alright guys, that’s it for today. Thanks for reading and see you next time.

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About Charles

Charles is the founder of The Sure Bettor. He built the company with the aim of 'getting the word out' about matched betting.

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