A reader has a question about password storage options.

I don’t use any password storage service such as Bitwarden. I have all of them in an alphabetical booklet totaling some 100 to 150 different passwords. I keep it near my computer, which I know is not smart. Any suggestions for password storage, other than a “cloud vault” ? ( I am old, and technically challenged)”

Honestly, if you have your passwords written down in a booklet that you keep at home, it’s really not a bad idea at all. Now, I wouldn’t suggest doing that in a book you take to work or outside the house. I’d also suggest duplicating that book and perhaps storing a copy in your safe deposit box.

An advantage to cloud storage is that you don’t lose all of your passwords if there’s a natural disaster at your house. There’s one low-tech option for password storage that I like:

PasswordCard offers a free, simple solution that leaves you a hard copy of your passwords.

The credit card -sized card fits easily in your wallet or purse.

When you arrive at http://www.passwordcard.org/en, you’ll see that it’s a pretty simple set-up.

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A card number is generated for you. Make sure to save that card number somewhere. You can use it to regenerate the card if you ever lose it.

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You can choose to have an area with only digits (great if you need PIN numbers) or to include symbols.

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Then you can print the card, laminate it and keep it in your wallet. Here’s how it works. You pick a symbol, color, and length for your password. Then choose to go
left or right. For example, if I needed a 10-letter password, I could choose pink for  a color and musical note for a symbol. Then I would go 10 to the right for a password of WWyVGGKkCD.

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I could write down Pink-Music-Note-10-Right somewhere. Even if someone came across it, without my specific card, they wouldn’t be able to figure out the password. You can also randomly generate a new card at any time.