We need to eliminate Google Sheets

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A lot of small, underfunded teams and non-profits outside of the tech industry use Google Sheets (etc.) for their passwords. This is so extremely insecure but it's also so overwhelmingly convenient that no one cares.

Often times these passwords etc. aren't thought of as high stakes, and the benefit of the mostly-tech-ignorant team members instantly grokking the whole scheme outweighs the pitfall that it's a dumpster fire in terms of security.

At the other end of the security spectrum we've got dedicated password managers which insist that all the users of your team have app-specific accounts or AD accounts etc. and that they all need to install native apps and browser extensions.

There's not really support for "Sign in With Your Apple ID" etc. which, while I assume it's more secure to avoid that sort of authentication, it means each team member will create (and subsequently forget) a new, special password and a new, unique workflow.

The native apps and extensions all feel over-engineered and it leaves these orphaned stale password databases laying around. Storing the password database, from a native app, into the file system and then into the cloud feels super overwrought. The notion of "syncing" a file to cloud storage? Like is this 2022 or 2002?

Browser extensions are great, if you work in tech and use 2 dozen passwords every day, and you put some small amount of time into managing your setup. Meanwhile, most normal users will have like 2 or 3 extensions including the browser's own password manager all competing at once to fill in every blank form field that appears.

"Just type all our shared passwords in Google Docs" is super cheap and easy to use. It seems like this niche is partially plugged up by password manager extensions for Gsuite (Google Workspace). If your team can pay for and can use GW, then maybe the problem is kind of solved.

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