Security Corner

Sep 23 2012   8:44PM GMT

Carry your passwords in your wallet

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

You probably own at least one USB thumb drive, stick, jump drive — whatever you want to call it. I have seven of them ranging in size from 64 MB (yes, you read that right) to 16 GB. They’re very handy and I use them all the time, but they all have one major flaw: They’re too big to carry in your wallet. Why would you want to carry one in your wallet? For the same reason that I consider your wallet your most secure password manager (see Your Wallet is the Best Password Manager), I consider your wallet the best place to keep a portable storage device.

I’m sure the picture gave it away already, but Micro SD cards are perfect for carrying in your wallet. A MicroSD card is about the size of a man’s thumbnail (giving new meaning to the term “thumb drive”). This makes it perfect for carrying in a photo slot in your wallet if you use an adapter or a USB reader like the ones shown. So, here’s what you do (assuming you don’t have some other password manager application):

  1. Create an encrypted partition on the Micro SD card (see A portable app to password protect your USB sticks);
  2. Create a text file or spreadsheet containing all of your critical logon information;
  3. Store the file on the encrypted partition.
  4. DO NOT FORGET your master partition encryption password.

For #4, I suggest a password concocted from a sentence of your own creation.  For example, “My Yorkie loves to play bone and is 4 years old!” This becomes mYltpbai4yo!

If you really want to be secure, I have some other ways for you to do this, but it’s Sunday and I’m going to watch some football and baseball. (Best time of the year – football starts, baseball season is winding down.)

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