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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
Glue, preferably stick and bottle

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!!!
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.
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
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!
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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 Wehrdo5 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 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! 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 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!
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.
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