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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.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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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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nice idea!!!
tanello23 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.
jockkitto163 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)  jockkitto163 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.
spencermon3 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)  spencermon3 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!
timothymh5 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)  timothymh5 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 Radio5 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.
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.
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