What is it?
A PasswordCard is a credit card-sized card you keep in your wallet, which lets you pick very secure passwords for all your websites, without having to remember them! You just keep them with you, and even if your wallet does get stolen, the thief will still not know your actual passwords.
How does it work?
Your PasswordCard has a unique grid of random letters and digits on it. The rows have different colors, and the columns different symbols. All you do is remember a combination of a symbol and a color, and then read the letters and digits from there. It couldn’t be simpler!
But I thought we weren’t supposed to write down our passwords?
- If you want, laminate the card.
- Cut out your PasswordCard and keep it in your wallet.
- Keep the rest of the page; it has the card number and selected options on it so that you can regenerate the card if you ever lose it!
- Pick a direction. You don’t have to go from left to right to read your passwords, you can go from right to left, up or down, or even diagonally. It’s probably a good idea to pick one direction though, even if you use your PasswordCard for multiple passwords.
- Pick a password length. Eight is pretty secure and usually acceptable. Again, it’s a good idea to pick one length.
- Pick a colour and a symbol for each password. You can use one password for all your sites, but that still wouldn’t be very safe. It’s a good idea to at least have different passwords for very important sites, such as Internet banking sites.
- Change your passwords on your websites to the one(s) from your PasswordCard.
- Enjoy your new feeling of safety and peace of mind… 🙂
- Don’t read along with your finger, or the smudge will tell a thief where your password is.
- Keep your PasswordCard on your person, don’t leave it lying around near your computer.
- Clear your browser cache and history after printing this page.
This is the number of your card. Store it somewhere safe! If you want to regenerate a card you lost, type the number here and press Enter:
check this for an area with only digits.
check this to include symbols.
This is your PasswordCard: