It's all about passwords

Today, passwords are everywhere.

How many websites are you registered on ? How many time are you required to authenticate, using passwords every day. Social networks, mailboxes, game platforms and so on, they all require passwords to acknowledge you. But how secure are your passwords ?

Most users are just too careless about them. Some are using the same password accross many sites. Others reuse the same pattern again and again to build what they think to be a "secure" password. Some even write them down on papers, possibly leaving these critical information in plain sight.

In a perfect world, you would have a different password for each and every website/application/game you're using. However, keeping them all in your memory is not easy and most of us rely on one of the described solution above.

The P-Card is here to ease your life. One card, one rule and you can have as many passwords as you want, all differents, for a variety of websites and/or applications.

Just take a look at the steps below and discover the wonderful simplicity of the P-Card

1 - Create your P-Card
2 - How to use it
3 - How To #1
4 - How To #2
5 - One Card, your rules
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Create your own P-Card

The first step is to create your own personal P-Card.

To achieve this, simply enter a text of your choice in the seed input box and click on the Refresh button. This will generate a P-Card for you.

You can re-use the same seed to create the same card over and over. This can be very useful if you ever loose your P-Card. Be sure to choose a seed you'll remember or write down the one generated on the page.

Step 1 - Set Parameters Seed :
Exclude numbers
Exclude symbols
Reset Seed
Step 3 - Print your P-Card
Step 2 - Check your P-Card

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How to use the P-Card?

Now that you have your P-Card ready, it is up to you to create your own rule for using it.

You can use the same one for all your passwords at no risk. All you have to remember is your own private rule.

This might still sound a little bit mysterious but go on. Look at the basic examples given on the next tabs.
You'll quickly understand how to easily and efficiently use the P-Card.

Method 1 : straightforward reading

In this case, we'll combine the first letter of the web site's name and its length .
Obviously, Hotmail starts with a "H" and is seven characters long.
Let's go to the H/7 cell and read the 10 characters from this point on.

Using this simple rule, our password for would be .E°3DmAu+E

Of course, to make things less obvious, you can change the orientation of the reading.
You can for example go upward, looping at the top of the table to get a 10 characters long password.

The result in this case would be .h_h=hFbW+

You can do the same using diagonals

The password with this method is .JQrc-2.}?

Straightforward reading is the easiest way to use the P-Card but also the easiest rule to figure out

To make things harder for wanabee hackers that would find/stole your P-Card, you can use offsets in your rule and/or use another letter (eg the 4th one) as a starting point

Let's create a simple rule based on the website's core name.

  • #1 Take the 3rd letter of the website's name
  • #2 Cross it with the length of the website's name
  • #3 Move two rows below and one column to the right
  • #4 Read 10 characters from bottom to top to get the password

Here's the results of this rule for two sample websites (highlighted in red):
- Entry point is T/7
- Two rows below and one column to the right leads to U/9
- Reading 10 characters from bottom to top: IsB53Jj:bW

Let's do it again for (highlighted in green):
- Entry point is A/5
- Two rows below and one column to the right leads to B/7
- Reading 10 characters from bottom to top: STt)ydI>a>

Simple easy and secure.

Method 2 : Breaking down the name

Here, we'll go through each letter of the web site's name to build our password.

Once again, we'll use Hotmail as an example.
The first letter is a "H".
Let's take the letter right under "H" on the first row.

Next, we have a "O". Moving to the second row of the P-Card, we'll get the character in the "O" column and so on.

If the website name is too short (less than 10 characters), you can complete you password using one of the straightforward method given above.

Look at the picture on the right to see how to build the complete password in this case.

The result is bX{dFnXV*

Once again, using this method as a basis, you can come up with your own rule to create secure password.
For example, let's only take the 5 first letters of the website's.
For each row/letter entry, we'll select two characters reading them from top down.

The password would be bFgG1LvMe7

Let's do the same but this time reading two letters each time from left to right

The resulting password is bzXB{:d8F}

As in the previous example, we can complicate things a little more.

Consider this still simple rule

  • #1 Start from the last row on the P-Card
  • #2 Read the website's name backward
  • #3 For each letter cross it with the current row on the P card
  • #4 Move 3 columns right and read the two character from bottom up
  • #5 repeat 3 & 4 until you have a 10 characters password

For here's the step by step explanation:
- letter L on row 9, move to O/9
- letter I on row 8, move to L/8
- letter A on row 7, move to D/7
- letter M on row 6, move to P/6
- letter T on row 5, move to W/5
- The final password is NbSDE]°bYP

Even if someone stole your P-Card, with such kind of rule, it is nearly impossible to find your passwords.

Give it a try

You see how easy it is to build secure passwords using a simple card and your own private rule.
You only need to have your P-Card at hand and a simple rule to build your password.
No more handwritten notes, post-it or secret notebooks.

You only have to create a rule that suits you, practice a little and you'll be freed of any password bookeeping as long as you have your P-Card with you.

Even better: if your P-Card is lost or stolen, your passwords are secure as long as no one knows your rule. Additionally, you'll be able to print your P-Card again using this site and your seed.

Give the P-Card a try. It's easy, it's free and you may love it.

A word of advice

Here's some basic security rules to help you secure your passwords:

  1. Never share your P-Card rule
  2. This rule is the key to decrypt your passwords. Keep it private, and don't share it, even with your family and friends.
  3. Use long passwords
  4. 10 is an acceptable length. 8 is an absolute minimum. Remember, short passwords are easier to crack.
  5. Use imaginative rules
  6. A rule don't need to be complicated to be efficient.
    For example, using the first straightforward method given here and adding an extra constant suffix (eg '$1a') to the password read from the P-Card is a simple but good way to add an extra layer of protection to your passwords.

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