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Readers Tip: Try PasswordCard

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Free Downloads, iOS, Security Help, Uncategorized
 
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We got this tip from a reader for  help remembering passwords:  “Try passwordcard.org. The main page shows a random card with rows of letters and numbers. With this card, you can carry all of your passwords with you and if someone finds it they won’t be able to know your password because they will not know where you started with you password (up down of diagonally). Just remember to record your password card’s particular number so you can print a new one if you need one. My passwords are a series of letters (upper and lower case) and numbers with no order to them. Just don’t run your finger along them as this leaves a mark. Might as well circle them. This works great for me.”

What an interesting idea!  PasswordCard is also available in app form!

When you arrive at http://www.passwordcard.org/en, you’ll see that it’s a pretty simple set-up.

password-card-page

A card number is generated for you. Make sure to save that card number somewhere. You can use it to regenerate the card if you ever lose it.

password-card-page-card-number

You can choose to have an area with only digits (great if you need PIN numbers) or to include symbols.

password-card-page-card-digits

Then you can print the card, laminate it and keep it in your wallet. Here’s how it works. You pick a symbol, color, and length for your password. Then choose to go left or right. For example, if I needed a 10-letter password, I could choose pink for a color and musical note for  a symbol. Then I would go 10 to the right for a password of WWyVGGKkCD.

password-card-page-card-circle

I could write down Pink-Music-Note-10-Right somewhere. Even if someone came across it, without my specific card, they wouldn’t be able to figure out the password.  You can also randomly generate a new card at any time.

And if printing a card isn’t for you, check out the app versions.

Just search PasswordCard in the Google Play Store or in the AppStore for your iPhone

password-card-page-card-android

Open the app and it will generate a card.

password-card-page-card-app

For more options, tap the menu button on your phone. You can even scan in your existing password card.

passwordcard-options-app

Thanks for the tip!

~ Cynthia

 

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2 Responses to “Readers Tip: Try PasswordCard”

  1. Keith Monson says:

    This looks crazy complicated to me. Why not just use a “cipher” instead? For instance take a word you know and spell it backward then add the name of the website and a number you can remember like “drowssapAmazon69″ (not currently my Amazon password but it was for a while). Or use a number in place of some letters for instance “dr0w554p4m4z0n69″? Easy to remember, nothing to write down and you can use it no matter what device you are using. If you were really clever unlike me you could think of the alphabet in reverse for instance Z is A Y is B X is C…etc… Have fun with passwords since we are stuck with them for a while yet.

  2. Jane says:

    It took me a while to figure out your example. I understood using “pink” for the line you would use, but I was confused about the “music note”. It would have been much clearer to me if you had said something about starting the password under the column of the symbol you picked.

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