No need to memorize textual passwords with ImagiPass: you only have to remember picture mnemonics. ImagiPass will automatically create or recreate, then enter the associated textual password.
As you select pictures in the ImagiPass window, the textual representation of the currently selected picture combination is shown below in the "Password" box:
Identical picture combinations might correspond to different passwords if these have been created with the same picture combination but with different lengths. The actual length of the current password is indicated right above the password box:
In order to have a more secure picture combination (and consequently a more secure password), it is recommended to choose combinations of 8-10 or more pictures.
Also it is recommended to choose pictures from several different categories among the 8 categories available.
The order in which you select pictures is irrelevant.
Since you have to memorize and recall picture combinations, it is important to choose picture combinations that you will easily remember.
Tips on how to choose easy-to-remember picture combinations:
- Pick a category, and select the one picture that you find easiest to memorize. For example, you could select a favorite car model from the "Cars" category. Then use the selected picture as a starting point for the imaginary "drawing" of some geometric shape. For example, you could select the "Cadillac" model, then "draw" an imaginary E-shape by selecting pictures so that the picture of the Cadillac would appear in the left top corner of that E-shape, as shown on this screen capture:
Of course, you can choose any picture from any category as the starting point of your imaginary "drawing". You can also "draw" any other letter or geometric shape. In the following example, the X-shape is "drawn" using the "Chicken" picture as a starting point:
There are myriads of possible shapes. Here are a few sample imaginary shapes:
- You can use the "Characters" category to select a word or even a whole phrase. For example, you could "encode" the French word "Bonsoir" ("Good evening") in the following way:
- You can use the "Calendar" category to "encode" the date of a specific event in your life. In this example, the date "June 30, 1978" has been encoded:
- You can select pictures with common characteristics. For example, you could select the so called supermini cars from the "Cars" category:
Alternatively you could select the car models which begin with some letter, or all French car models, or Korean car models, etc.
- From the "Countries" category you could select all the African countries, or all the Muslim countries, or all the countries whose state language is Spanish, etc.
- From the "Food" category, you can select the ingredients for your favorite recipe. For example, you might want to "make" a hamburger with the following items:
- If you know the birthday of some famous person, you could select his/her name in the "Names" category, then select his/her birthday in the "Calendar" category. For example, the birthday of the pop and R&B singer Justin Timberlake is January 31, 1981. Accordingly, you would select the following pictures from the two relevant categories:
There are many possible techniques allowing you to choose easy-to-remember picture combinations. You can use any of the above techniques. You can even combine several of them. You can devise your own techniques.
However, the important thing is that you should be able to easily reproduce the picture combination associated with the target password. So we recommend that you "test-drive" the associated picture combination before using ImagiPass to enter a password anywhere for real. Here is how to proceed:
- Press the ImagiPass hot key (by default, Ctrl+Alt+P). Note that it is unnecessary to click in a password box before.
- Select the picture combination that you want to "test-drive".
- Memorize the first or last few letters of the textual password that is displayed at the bottom of the ImagiPass window:
- Press Esc to close ImagiPass.
- Press the ImagiPass hot key again (by default, Ctrl+Alt+P).
- Try to select the same picture combination.
- If the first or last letters of the generated textual password are identical to the letters that you memorized in Step 3, repeat Steps 4-7 several times until you are completely sure that you have reliably memorized the relevant picture combination. If you don't succeed, please choose a different picture combination, which you might memorize more easily. For this, press Esc to close ImagiPass, and start again from Step 1.