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Topic # 231988 24-Mar-2018 11:12
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My wife just came up with idea for a useful gadget.

 

So useful, IMHO, that it's very likely that an Asian manufacturer has already made one.

 

But I've never seen such a thing - perhaps someone else has?

 

It'd look like a small handheld calculator - say 120mm x 60mm x 10mm - but instead of doing maths it just records passwords.

 

Yes, I'm aware there are gajillions of apps for doing this, but, personally, I think it's crazy to keep one's passwords in the computer, because that's where any cyber-villain of even average intelligence would look first.

 

So I'd use one of these gadgets.

 

OK, I'm sure such a device would need a tiny amount of ram, which most calculators seem to lack, but 5mb say, would be cheap as chips nowadays (potato chips, that is).

 

Programming the thing could be tricky. No trouble if it was done with its own keys, but if speed-keen users wanted to program it on their computer, it'd have to be a USB device, which opens up the whole operation again to keylogging.

 

So, anyone seen one of these?

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1982544 24-Mar-2018 13:58
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Just get something lastpass for smartphone, and probably more secure and less likely to get hacked, than an app that is always updated. Also such devices you talk about have existed, as I had something like a calulator that stored passwords in the 90's. I recall some credit card comapnies also gave some customers a credit card sized LCD password holder at one stage as I used to have one. Later PDAs did this. My old ericsson phone from 2000 also did this. So it isn't a new idea at all.


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  Reply # 1982553 24-Mar-2018 14:42
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A small notebook and a pen?




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  Reply # 1982558 24-Mar-2018 14:52
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Have a look at Mooltipass




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  Reply # 1982612 24-Mar-2018 17:50
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Noviota: Thanks for providing an answer that was relevant to what I'd asked.

 

Mooltipass is getting close to what we'd envisaged but still needs access to a computer, and is expensive.

 

Something more like the size, shape and cost of a cheap calculator would be ideal.

 

From the other answers here, it sounds like there's nothing like this on the current market.

 

A friend in Taiwan owes me a favor. I might put it to him and see if he can find a manufacturer to float it.

 

Cheers.


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  Reply # 1982635 24-Mar-2018 18:08
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How are you going to get the password from the device into the computer that you are logging in with? the whole point of a password manager is so you can have a long password





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  Reply # 1982692 24-Mar-2018 20:22
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your idea seems cumbersome.

 

an app on a cell phone is easy to use, a browser extention is also easy, and having them integrate together is also extremely useful.

 

while im all for your idea i just dont see a market for it out there.


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  Reply # 1982724 25-Mar-2018 02:10
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Wow. A solution to a problem so unlikely to occur that there doesn't actually need to be one.


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  Reply # 1982779 25-Mar-2018 10:52
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You couldn't pay me to carry one around when my phone does exactly that and better.  Sorry I think the idea is about 20+ years to late.    





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