I was talking to Jessica Devita aka The Uber Geek Girl over lunch last week at SMBNation about passwords. One of the challenges that we face is teaching users about good passwords. I showed Jessica my passwords that are on a single piece of paper and she initially freaked out. When she took a look at them however, she realised that this is actually a very basic form of two factor authentication – ie – something you have plus something you know. The something you have is the piece of paper, and the something you know is how to interpret the piece of paper. You can see below a sample of my password card. You can get your own from the Savernova website.
How does it work? It’s a bit like a crossword really. Only you will know where in the grid your passwords are. You will know that for instance, your banking password starts at D4 and goes across to the right for 8 characters. You can use this also the same card for other passwords and all you have to remember is where it starts, which direction it goes, and how long it is.
This is of course, one way to keep track of your passwords and there are others – what do you use?