Preschooler Secure Password Technique

07/30/17

Working in the Bitcoin industry for a while my standards for security have gotten pretty strict. I have been generating my passwords on a permanently offline device and transcribe them by hand into a note pad which I keep in an undisclosed location. I don't store them anywhere else and manually input them into my computer every time.

Lately as I read more on Wikileaks my trust even in completely open source password generators like apg is starting to vanish. Nobody can really be trusted. At least, nobody who is competent enough to take advantage of you. That's where my kid comes in. Lately I have been asking him to generate my passwords for me.

He just thinks it's a game, which it sort of is. Our usual ground rules are as follows:

  • Before we start I mix the magnets thoroughly by shaking them in a bag.
  • We never say the characters out loud as he is putting them on the fridge. This is slowing down his learning the alphabet, but security comes at a cost.
  • The window in the kitchen is covered with a blanket the entire time.
  • Obviously, after we're done we take the magnets off the fridge.

I dub this pspt - the Preschooler Secure Password Technique. As of now it's completely open source and the best part is, it's software free (hence, backdoor free).