How secure asymmetric encryption to yourself?

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Mon Feb 23 19:42:32 CET 2009

> I'm curious what "more usable ways" there are that Sven and others
> can recommend.

I'm fond of writing down my passwords on the back of a business card  
and keeping it in my wallet.  For the overwhelming majority of these  
passwords, the site's most confidential information of mine they  
possess is my credit card number.  But if my wallet gets stolen or  
goes missing, I'm going to cancel my credit cards anyway.

Likewise, you can say, "but you might leave your wallet on your desk,  
and a co-worker could steal those passwords."  Sure.  They could also  
steal my credit card number, driver's license information, voter  
registration ID, or all manner of other things more important than my  

This takes care of >90% of all my logins, meaning I can much more  
easily memorize those few high-value, high-secrecy passwords.   
Memorizing three unique passwords is doable; memorizing thirty unique  
ones isn't.

> I'm also unsure what Sven apparently means by "more usable"?

Unlike your solution, my solution works when I'm on the road and  
logging on from a coffeeshop's web kiosk.  I don't need to install  
anything.  Open up my wallet, fish out the list, and there it is.

The moral of this story is simple -- don't make things more  
complicated than you have to.

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