How to Make a Password Encryption Card in One Easy Step

A while back, when talking about password managers, I mentioned that I didn’t store any of my financial passwords in a password manager. Instead, I have a card that assigns three random characters per letter or number. For each bank, I use the first five letters of the bank’s name and then use the card to encrypt those letters. As an example, for “Acme Bank” I’d use “acmeb” and translate that into a fifteen-character-long password using my card.

The website that generated the card for me isn’t around any more, so I re-created the code for anyone who’d like to use a similar scheme.

GENERATE PASSWORD CARD with symbols or without symbols

When you click one of the above links, you’ll get a new webpage with three copies of your randomly-generated password card. Print out that page and cut it into three pieces. Laminate one and stick it in your wallet. Put one of the others in a safe place. The third is for back-up or if you have two people who need to have access to the password card.