Passwords are always touchy topic and there are many approaches. From time to time I encounter very original attempts to help manage complex passwords. Such as Keep Your Passwords Safe on a Piece of Paper post at Digital Inspiration, but I felt that idea is not polished enough at that time.
Yesterday I saw PasswordCard at oursignal and it turned out to be same principle in much more solid implementation – card with random grid of random symbols to be printed and used for password generation.
What it does
When you visit site it takes random seed sequence and uses it to generate card with symbols, like this one:
Then you decide on few rules to generate your passwords:
- you pick symbol and color combination as starting point, easy to remember and gets you a lot of passwords from single card;
- you pick direction to go;
- you pick number of symbols to use.
If you stick with one direction and password length it is easy to remember even multiply starting points. At least much easier than it is to remember complex password.
You can use seed sequence to regenerate your card at site if you lose it, so better store it somewhere.
There are options to change set of symbols by including number-only rows and adding special characters to the mix.
I am not too sure about merit of color-coding. Personally I don’t usually have access to color printers, mostly monochrome laser ones at work. It would be good to have some other or additional marker for rows.
Might seem like a hassle, but as for me this is very solid way to generate and keep track of multiply strong passwords.