These days, everything on the internet needs an account. Most people, like me, tend to forget all their user names and passwords, then when you are asked to log in, you have to have your password sent to you. Lots of people write down their passwords on note cards and leave them lying around, easy for anybody to pick up and use to their advantage. Here's a way you can hide your passwords so that you can find them yourself, but it would be tough for a burglar or a sneaky guest to figure out where you put them.

Step 1: Materials

The only materials you will need are:

Old Floppy disk
Glue, preferably stick and bottle
nice idea!!!
one extra info for this password holder,to make sure that someone will not just look at it and see that there is password inside,so i have made one spot,the part where the original film is there,so if soneone will slide the top they can see that its a normal floppy and my passwords are still safe.
this is a very clever project, but wouldn't it be easier just put your passwords on it in a .txt file?
Sure, it'd be easier, but it's just a fun way to reuse old floppy disks. I mean, who really has a computer capable of reading them, anyway? Besides, it leaves behind no digital trace.
I am going to do this! great idea. i was just wondering what to do with a floppy disk.<br> <br>also this is funny http://xkcd.com/936/
I'm glad somebody else is making one. I still refer to mine when I forget my password(s).<br><br>BTW, I love xkcd!
&nbsp;Or, get a mini CD-R (the kind you can rewrite) and put your passwords in a file on that and use the floppy disk as a holder for it... or not. *realizes he forgot to put the whole message in italics*
The biggest problem with that is easily removing and replacing the disk when it's needed.&nbsp; I just noticed now that all the comments are in italics.&nbsp; How come yours isn't?<br />
&nbsp;My comment isn't italicized because I don't&nbsp;unnecessarily&nbsp;italicize words. Do you have a <em>problem</em> with that?
yeah <i>i</i>&nbsp;do, <i>you</i>&nbsp;got <i>a </i>problem <i>with</i>&nbsp;that?
&nbsp;no comment.
<strong>great idea!</strong>I can't wait to try it out!....now I gotta find a floppy......'<em><strong></strong></em><br/>
&nbsp;Floppy disks are <em>extremely</em> common at yard sales.
Thanks. Floppies seem to become rarer and rarer every day.
I&nbsp;have one with my year 6 pictures on it, I'd better save it on the computer before nothing reads floppies!<br />
Fun stuff! Love it! And I&nbsp;think I&nbsp;recognize that Gateway disk, I&nbsp;had one just like it that went with my Gateway 2000. Frist computer my house ever owned..
I will definitely try to look in a floppy disk in the future... who knows what I will find?&nbsp; Maybe a teacher's password lolz.<br />
Here is a trick I used in making this project. Just in case someone actually stumbles upon the passwords hidden inside the floppy, make an anagram of your password. If you reorder the letters to your password...no one will be the wiser. Just a thought for those of you out there who are a bit more paranoid. Cheers!
Hmm, that's a great idea!&nbsp; Never thought about that.&nbsp; Maybe you could make an instructable on how to make an anagram.<br />
That's a great idea. On my old computer I used to put all my passwords on a word document titled "Virus-do not open" for those that like to pry. It scared everybody so they would not go near it when they used my computer.
I personally would open that file lol. I mean, who the heck keeps a virus sitting around on their computer? Except for those Linux users who like to feel special and place viruses on their desktops like trophies, haha.
Second that opinion, it'll be the first thing I will open o.o Btw, who would call an infected file a virus.
I understand what you guys are saying but my wifes computer has been hit so hard with virus issues that she is gun shy when it comes to virus's on computers. She used Norton 360 and it was like a magnet for virus's. The folder name has kept my wife and kids from opening that folder on my computer for years. I don't let anyone else use my computer other than them and even that must be an emergency. Some folks don't share there Harley and others go even further with their computers. I have Linux Ubunta OS ready for the day my wifes computer finally craps out.
Why wait till then? Ubuntu is the only decent OS that I have used. I'm pretty sure some day, they'll know. I have used my mobile phone earlier, saved it in a password protected file (you know put it in a zip and password protect it.) I have even kept it as a draft on my main email account. This instructable was the only thing that I liked a lot, but I am pretty sure some day, my mom would throw away all the floppies in the house.
Thanks to Harvey Mackay, I have file folders (and online documents and directories) that have names such as "Discontinued Canadian Operations, 1998-1999" and the bad guys fall asleep before they even finishing reading the name of the ZZzzzzzz........
That's pure genius. Or just a bit of thought. Either way, I think I might do that.
Windows 3.1? Wow, Can you create images of those disks and upload them?
you could google for them, the downloads should be safe as long as they arent torrents.
Haha that's so funny :D And so not true! Torrents are safe. Once, i saw something that was supposed to be a windows 7 activation crack, so i downloaded it and decompiled it, it was a virus that uploads all your passwords to some guy's server. And guess what, it was deleted in 5 minutes.
But, if lets say you download a Microsoft office 07' torrent, (or something else illegal it is traceable to your computer and the &quot;men in black suits&quot; <em>can</em> find you although it is unlikely. That&#8217;s not to say there aren't legitimate torrents that are legal <br/>
Oh yea, They aren't legal, At least those.<br/>Well, It is Extremely Unlikely, It would cost them by far way too much time, And Is simply not possible.<br/>If you see in the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://thepiratebay.org/legal">&quot;legal threats page&quot; on the pirate bay</a> You can see many Company's And such demanding for that information, And the Site owner does not give, Never, Not to mention that he would not have that information either, nor would there be an easy way to track down the user. <br/>
oh ok
So i win! Where is my cookie? :D
yes you win, but sadly cookie monster paid a visit......... XD
Oh well XD
No, because the floppy drive on my computer is broken, and has to be disconnected otherwise my computer won't boot. Sorry.
Gah! that's horrible :( Well, Neat I'ble here, Rated :)
Your welcome :)
<em>otherwise a simple ActiveX control can steal all your cookies with your stored passwords along with it! (Tech jargon)</em><br/>That is if you use Internet Explorer, The evil brother that wants to kill you.<br/>I use firefox, The helpful father.<br/>
Yes, Firefox is great. (and the other browsers too)
I...use the same password for everything...i find it next to impossible to use and remember different passwords for everything.
I keep all my passwords in an encrypted word document, it works great, as long as you dont forget the master password! XD
This is an awesome way to hide stuff in a floppy, but better technology exists for passwords. I especially like the way you can make the words show in the window, and am busily thinking up alternate uses for this . . . a fun datebook or to-do-list comes to mind . . . Anyway, the mac application I use is 1Password. I'm quite sure that PCs have its equivalent. It is itself password protected, unlike browser autocomplete functions. You can also export your passwords to a text file, which you can then encrypt and keep on a thumb drive (or a floppy LOL - if you can find a computer that'll read it.) It also has an iPhone app - so if you have a mac and an iPhone you're good to go. It does has little annoying glitches as they update it constantly and minor things break like filling in flash sites, but they generally find and fix the glitches as they continue to update it. And you can always get to your passwords. All you need to remember is the one password for the app, or two for the iPhone app. (No, I don't work for those guys, I just like the app.)
Yeah but the funny thing is if your friend gets to know your main password. POOF! :)
Password keeper programs are handy, but they potentially expose all of your passwords. It is important that you know how these passwords are protected: are they locked behind a password, or are they encrypted? If they are encrypted, what kind of encryption do they use? If the vendor won't tell you (or even better, publish the encryption code) then look somewhere else for a solution. That is, if someone can find out the code that opens my garage door, and next to that is the code that opens my gun safe, and all they have to do to read them is to guess my date of birth, then I am stupid.
I might find that program and see if I can carry it around on a flash drive. At school we're all getting macbooks, and I'm not a big fan of storing my passwords on a computer that I'll be handing in at the end of the year.
It's been totally great for me for a couple of years. I see no reason why you couldn't install it on a flash drive and just leave a shortcut to it in the dock. The program's developers would surely have the ultimate answers to this kind of question.
Clever idea!

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