Perhaps you remember playing with a secret decoder ring from a box of cereal as a kid, encoding notes to be passed around the classroom, or having a secret password for your treehouse. As fun as that might have been at the time, few of us could predict how many passwords we’d need to remember as adults to access various online portals.
One very bad alternative is to use the same password on every site you visit, or you could write them down somewhere, use an online password manager, or perhaps even make up a naming rule based on the website itself. These all have their pros and cons, but what if you were to revive the secret decoder ring concept for password use?
Well, now you can, with the RiNGminder™ from Russtopia Labs. This set of rings has the alphabet printed on each one, along with a random character next to it. All you do is dial in the website’s name, and input the letter/character combination below to form the first part of your password. The other part can be a word repeated for each website, meaning strong security, while only remembering one word.
It’s a brilliant concept, and if you have two sets of matched rings (just request this in the notes when ordering) you could even use them to encrypt messages! For another similar concept, you may remember Russtopia’s key fob password generator that I blogged about last year!