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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

Picture of Materials
The only materials you will need are:

Old Floppy disk
Paper
Glue, preferably stick and bottle
Scissors
Knife

Step 2: Put your passwords on paper

The passwords need to be either written down or printed. The smaller they are, the more you can fit in your floppy disk. Type it at size 7, or the smallest size that you can read. You can write them too, but if you have a printer, I advise printing them instead. You can organize them however you want, just remember that the "viewing window" is only 1 X 3/8 inch, (2.5 X 1 cm) so don't make them too big.

I organized mine by first writing what the account's for, then my username, then the password, so like this:

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bertus52x1111 months ago
nice idea!!!
tanello22 years ago
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.
jockkitto162 years ago
this is a very clever project, but wouldn't it be easier just put your passwords on it in a .txt file?
Wehrdo (author)  jockkitto162 years ago
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.
spencermon2 years ago
I am going to do this! great idea. i was just wondering what to do with a floppy disk.

also this is funny http://xkcd.com/936/
Wehrdo (author)  spencermon2 years ago
I'm glad somebody else is making one. I still refer to mine when I forget my password(s).

BTW, I love xkcd!
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Wehrdo (author)  DELETED_rerwin09!5 years ago
That's a good idea, but most people don't have a little thing that prints out stickers.
fromdad Wehrdo4 years ago
thats why you print it on paper and glue it on. Did you read the instructions. But nice work. I love the idea

 haha you're funny..
you just told the author to read the instructions :D

lol
lol that is funny now that i see it
timothymh4 years ago
 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*
Wehrdo (author)  timothymh4 years ago
The biggest problem with that is easily removing and replacing the disk when it's needed.  I just noticed now that all the comments are in italics.  How come yours isn't?
 My comment isn't italicized because I don't unnecessarily italicize words. Do you have a problem with that?
yeah i do, you got a problem with that?
 no comment.
olvegrn5 years ago
great idea!I can't wait to try it out!....now I gotta find a floppy......'
 Floppy disks are extremely common at yard sales.
Wehrdo (author)  olvegrn5 years ago
Thanks. Floppies seem to become rarer and rarer every day.
I have one with my year 6 pictures on it, I'd better save it on the computer before nothing reads floppies!
Fun stuff! Love it! And I think I recognize that Gateway disk, I had one just like it that went with my Gateway 2000. Frist computer my house ever owned..
DJ Radio4 years ago
I will definitely try to look in a floppy disk in the future... who knows what I will find?  Maybe a teacher's password lolz.
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!
Wehrdo (author)  metalman844055 years ago
Hmm, that's a great idea!  Never thought about that.  Maybe you could make an instructable on how to make an anagram.
bobhdus5 years ago
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.
Wehrdo (author)  bobhdus5 years ago
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.
Why couldn't you put the passwords in a text document then copy it to the floppy disk? (If you have a floppy disk reader.) Then you could copy and paste your password from the document.
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But you could password protect the floppy disk itself so only you could use it.
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Put it on the Floppy disk! That way you'll never forget the password!
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Foaly7 Tommyhzy5 years ago
Yeah, use a normal word that is the keyword for a Playfair cipher on the label for the floppy disc, and make the final decryption of the Playfair your password.
Wehrdo (author)  Tommyhzy5 years ago
Haha great answer!
ReCreate5 years ago
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 "men in black suits" can find you although it is unlikely. That’s not to say there aren't legitimate torrents that are legal
Oh yea, They aren't legal, At least those.
Well, It is Extremely Unlikely, It would cost them by far way too much time, And Is simply not possible.
If you see in the "legal threats page" on the pirate bay 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.
oh ok
So i win! Where is my cookie? :D
yes you win, but sadly cookie monster paid a visit......... XD
Oh well XD
Wehrdo (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
No, because the floppy drive on my computer is broken, and has to be disconnected otherwise my computer won't boot. Sorry.
ReCreate Wehrdo5 years ago
Gah! that's horrible :( Well, Neat I'ble here, Rated :)
Wehrdo (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
Thanks.
ReCreate Wehrdo5 years ago
Your welcome :)
ReCreate5 years ago
otherwise a simple ActiveX control can steal all your cookies with your stored passwords along with it! (Tech jargon)
That is if you use Internet Explorer, The evil brother that wants to kill you.
I use firefox, The helpful father.
Wehrdo (author)  ReCreate5 years ago
Yes, Firefox is great. (and the other browsers too)
ReCreate Wehrdo5 years ago
Yeah..
ReCreate5 years ago
I...use the same password for everything...i find it next to impossible to use and remember different passwords for everything.
junits155 years ago
I keep all my passwords in an encrypted word document, it works great, as long as you dont forget the master password! XD
bettbee5 years ago
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.
Wehrdo (author)  bettbee5 years ago
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.
bettbee Wehrdo5 years ago
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.
bounty10125 years ago
Clever idea!
Wehrdo (author)  bounty10125 years ago
Thank you.
Haha at first when i saw this, i thought it was gonna explain how to put your passwords into a text file, encrypt it, and put it on a floppy, but this is definitely much more original!
Wehrdo (author)  zvillesurfer5 years ago
Thanks. I don't trust my passwords in a digital format, because anything digital can be stolen remotely, password or not.
amakerguy5 years ago
I found that if you use a plastic cover slip thingy then its doesn't bend and look like it was taken off, and it slides better too
Wehrdo (author)  amakerguy5 years ago
Good idea, I never thought of that.
app05 years ago
I've done somethng like that, but without dissasembling disk.Encryption software is good!
Wehrdo (author)  app05 years ago
How do you get the paper in it and get it to stick through that little hole?
app0 Wehrdo5 years ago
I've done that witout any paper. When i want to use autocomplete, PC asks for this disk
Wehrdo (author)  app05 years ago
aaah, I get it now. What software did you use to set that up?
app0 Wehrdo5 years ago
I don't remember. I wrote it some years ago for my old desktop and lost the source and the program because of HDD fault. It used RSA algorithm.
Just a note, that link you provided in the post above says "AES and RC4", not RSA. Either way, this looks interesting... I'm going to do some research on this. Thanks for the link!
Yes, AES, I just don't remember the program
app0 Wehrdo5 years ago
You can write it using <a href="http://3d2f.com/programs/11-063-rsp-encrypt-ocx-download.shtml" target="_blank">RSP Encrypt OCX 3.2.0</a>
hubi5 years ago
Nice Idea...but now lots of people know, where to search for your Passwords ;-) But I use the free software KeePass (GPL) on an old 64MB USB stick to keep my passwords secure. It is available for Mac OSx, Windows, Linux and for some mobile devices, so i think this would be the better choice.
DrCoolSanta5 years ago
This instructable is awesome, and a good use for all those floppies lying around which are useless. No matter how careful I am, I still don't think data is very secure on the computer. No matter what software you use, it is possible the software may actually send your password to its developers and what not. Therefore something that does not involve technology, and will remain safe and easily ignorable like this is the most useful.
dyanii5 years ago
This is really cool, except I have about ten bajillion different passwords and user names and this would fit about... twenty of them. :( This would make a cool party invitation though.
Wehrdo (author)  dyanii5 years ago
With that many passwords, you could do what previous people have mentioned, and use a password protected program that stores all your passwords, if you don't already. The only thing I don't like about those programs is if somebody figures out the master password, or hacks through it, they get all your passwords, rather than having a different one for each account. If they figure out a regular password, it's only one account. (Of course, it could be your bank account)
dyanii Wehrdo5 years ago
But then the question arises: where would you keep the master password?!? Haha! Also this project could be turned into a magic 8 ball-esque fortune teller type thing.
A.C.E. dyanii5 years ago
good idea to both you and the author
santy22 dyanii5 years ago
hell yeah! now lets get some floppys!
Goodhart5 years ago
Nice ! My little 3 x 5 card was getting filled up anyways, and got ragged after just a few days of toting it about....and then I had to recopy them again....and again...plus there is not security in that :-)
Wehrdo (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Thank you. I have to write my passwords down, because I can't memorize anything.
Goodhart Wehrdo5 years ago
I have many of my passwords memorized (I have to at work, and they change frequently), but those I use only once or twice a month are much harder to remember, for sure.
Or you could download keepass and save the encrypted password database on the floppy and nobody would think of looking there.
Wehrdo (author)  rocketman2215 years ago
That's a good idea, except if you wanted to use a different computer you'd have to take it with you, but after using it enough, you would probably have your favorite websites memorized already.
santy22 Wehrdo5 years ago
hey, also think that if you name a floppy "passwords" people will most likely look in the files rather than the floppy itself. plus, get near a magnet or too much static -poof- there goes your passwords...
russm3135 years ago
Very good idea!
Wehrdo (author)  russm3135 years ago
Thank you.
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Wehrdo (author)  artcompelled5 years ago
That's a really good idea! What would be really cool if you could stick a battery powered clock mechanism behind it, so it scrolls around and lets you see different pictures. Alas, and instructable for another day though.
amakerguy5 years ago
very simple idea! The simplest ideas are always the best
Wehrdo (author)  amakerguy5 years ago
Simple ideas usually are, but I gotta admit, the computer is a pretty dang good idea.
This is quite a clever thought. I myself had thought of putting passwords inside a removable media reader drive. (Floppy/CD/DVD/Card reader; basically anything that mounts in a computer case's internal 3.5 inch or 5.25 inch bay.) I don't believe it ever occurred to me that I could turn it into an Instructable, however.
Wehrdo (author)  computer_freak_85 years ago
Thanks. About anything can be an instructable, as long as it's your original idea.
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
that's an innovative idea you could print a paper disk, and put the information on there
Wehrdo (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Thanks The idea occured to me, but there were a couple problems. 1. With a paper disk, you'd have to go to the trouble of putting a regular disk around the inside (A small ring on the inside shows) and at a small spot around the outside if somebody slid the metal piece over, and 2. I wasn't sure how to make a template that would let me print stuff in a perfect circle.
just cut a spot op paper disk out, and put floppy disk tape
Wehrdo (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
It's so much more work to do that though. That's what I did that first time I made this, then I realized this would be simpler.
So many "inventions" revolved around this concept. This is another great application for it. And teens nowadays don't know how to use a floppy so it's useless for them to steal unless they just want to break it. Nice~
Wehrdo (author)  setsunafseiei5 years ago
Thanks. I'm a team and I've used a floppy before, but only like once. The data storage is so small(1.4mb) that it's not even worth bothering. And modern computers don't have drives for them.
They're still handy for a lot of things though.
I find your sterotype SOmewhat insulting Many teens of this age Know how to use a floppy disc Many are very into computers . and Youve sterotyped teens as Thieves Its mostly 25 - 35 age group that are thieves . so think about what your saying
Transquesta5 years ago
OK, maybe this one 'hit' me just the right way, but on first glance this is stellar fracking genius! I promise. One of these days, if/when I quit drinking or something, my mind will work this well. :-)
Wehrdo (author)  Transquesta5 years ago
lol thanks. I try my best to be smart, but the ideas don't always come.
merijnvw5 years ago
Thanks a lot for this, I'm going to use it! It's really useful for me because I change my standard password every year or so, I don't know why. good idea
Wehrdo (author)  merijnvw5 years ago
I'm glad I could help. It's always a good idea to change your passwords every once in awhile. I try not to use the same password for everything. I usually do, until I made this, because I always forget them.
emmerich455 years ago
very nice idea. good work!
Wehrdo (author)  emmerich455 years ago
Thank you.