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Frequent Questions

Qwerty Card - Personal Edition

Where can I read more about strong passwords? Why are there three parts to the passwords? What is a 'space bar code'? What does 'your secret' mean? What is a 'site name'? Does every card have different codes? What should I do if my card is lost or stolen? Where can I read what people are saying about Qwertycards? Is there a way that my qwertycard could be hacked? Do you keep copies of the card codes? Should I make a copy of my card as a backup? What if a site disallows certain characters shown on my qwertycard? How strong are qwertycard passwords? How can I make my secret word easier to remember? Is the code data you use really random? Which keyboard characters appear on qwertycards? Which websites are compatible with the qwertycard? What should I do if a site only allows a short password length? What should I do if a site forces me to change my password on a regular basis? Can I have more than one identical qwerty card? Does the card only work on websites? How often should I get a new card? What are your contact details? Are my personal details safe with qwertycards.com? Which countries do you deliver to? What does the card look like? Why should I buy a genuine qwertycard? Is there a corporate version of the qwertycard? How can i pay? What does qwerty mean? Can I publish content from your website? How can I help promote better security on the internet? My card hasn't arrived or has a problem? What are your terms of use? What is your privacy policy?

Business qwertycard

Qwerty Card - Business Edition

Does every card have a different code? How are the codes on the cards obscured until they reach the end users? What to do if a card is lost or stolen? Where can I read what people are saying about Qwertycards? Do you keep copies of the card codes? Should users make copies of their cards as a backup? How strong are qwertycard passwords? Is the code data you use really random? Which keyboard characters appear on qwertycards? What if my organisation requires users to change their passwords on a regular basis? Can we have more than one identical qwerty card? How often should users be issued with new cards? What are your contact details? Which countries do you deliver to? What does the card look like? Why should I buy a genuine qwertycard? How can i pay? What does qwerty mean?

Answers - Personal Edition

Where can I read more about strong passwords?
You can read more here.
Why are there three parts to the passwords?
Each of the three parts to the password serve a different purpose and combine together to make the password as strong and safe as possible:

The 'space bar' code on every qwerty card always contains at least one number, one lower case letter, one upper case letter and one non alpha numeric character. This ensures all qwertycard passwords meet the minimum criteria very often required by websites to have at least one of each of these character types.

The 'secret word' code helps keep your passwords secret even if your card is physically stolen or seen by somebody else. Without knowing your secret word the card cannot be used to get your passwords

The 'site name' code ensures that all of your passwords are unique. This protects you from having all of your passwords compromised by a security lapse on any individual website.

What is a 'space bar code'?

On the front of the qwerty card is a wide white box in the shape of a keyboard space bar key.
The eight black characters printed in this box are the 'space bar code', these help to make your passwords much stronger.

The space bar code is the first thing you type when entering your password. You do not need to look up the space bar code letters on the qwertycard keyboard, you just type them in exactly as they appear on the card.

The example on the qwertycard front page has the code letters sh(/J3Hq as it's spacebar code.
Every qwertycard is unique and has a different space bar code.

What does 'your secret' mean?

This is a single secret password that you choose and use within all your qwertycard passwords.
It should be something that could not be guessed by another person.

It will protect all your passwords even if your card is physically stolen or seen by somebody else.

What is a 'site name'?

This is your memorable NAME for each website or service and unique for each password you create.
It ensures that you have a unique password for every website or service you use.

Each NAME must be made up of the letters A to Z. Here are some examples:
www.amazon.com AMAZON
www.ebay.com EBAY
windows pc login WINDOWS

To enter a password you lookup each letter of the NAME on the keyboard on the front of your qwerty card. The white letters on a black background show the alphabet letters A to Z and the black letters on the white background show the code character corresponding to each letter.

The code characters, rather than the actual NAME letters are what you type in the password box. This is the last part of your password, straight after you type in your 'secret word' code.

Don't worry about your memorable site NAME being easy to guess, this part of the code is to protect you against online attacks.

The example on the qwertycard front page has a password for www.amazon.com, with the name AMAZON. The corresponding code characters are .u.rqf

A=.
M=u
A=.
Z=r
O=q
N=f

Every qwertycard is unique and has different code characters on its keyboard.

Does every card have different codes?

Yes - every card has completely unique, random codes.

We use a special piece of hardware, a true random number generator, to produce physical random data for the codes.

We never reuse random data and the digital versions of data and codes are erased as soon as the cards are physically printed.

What should I do if my card is lost or stolen?

You should change all of your passwords as soon as possible.

Every qwertycard is shipped with a cover letter that contains the only copy of your qwertycard codes. You should keep this letter out of sight in a secure location.

If your qwertycard is lost or stolen you can use this letter to access your accounts and change all your passwords. Your new passwords should not be generated using the lost or stolen qwertycard codes.

Where can I read what people are saying about Qwertycards?
You can read our timeline on twitter, @qwertycards, or find a collection of tweets and press links here.
Is there a way that my qwertycard could be hacked?

We take every precaution to ensure that your qwertycard codes are not compromised:

  • We use a special piece of hardware, a true random number generator, to produce physical random data for the cards.
  • We never reuse random data and the digital versions of data and codes are erased as soon as the cards are physically printed.
  • We partner with major plastic card printing companies that have experience in handling sensitive data from credit card companies and erase the data once the cards have been printed.
  • No record is kept anywhere to link the customers orders and the cards that are shipped.
  • When you buy from our site we request the minimum amount of customer information from you that we need to fulfill your order and we keep this safe in an encrypted format.
  • We do not store or transmit credit card data to our own servers, this is sent directly from your browser to the third party payment handler.
  • Our website uses secure encryption to keep your data safe during the ordering process

You should keep your qwertycard and backup letter out of sight and secure at all times, never make any digital copies of these. Change your passwords if you suspect these have been compromised in any way.

Do you keep copies of the card codes?

No - Every qwertycard is shipped with a cover letter that contains the only copy of your qwertycard codes.

The digital versions of data and codes are erased as soon as the cards are physically printed.

Should I make a copy of my card as a backup?
No - Every qwertycard is shipped with a cover letter that contains the only copy of your qwertycard codes. You should use this letter as your unique backup.
What if a site disallows certain characters shown on my qwertycard?

There are still a few websites that weaken password security by applying password length restrictions or not allowing certain characters to be used in passwords.

We finance the website PasswordPain.org to help focus attention on this.

As a pragmatic workaround you could manually substitute the disallowed characters for allowed ones for this site only.
How strong are qwertycard passwords?

Password strength is a function of the number of characters, the range of possible characters and the degree of randomness.

The length of each qwertycard password varies as 8 characters plus a variable number depending on the length of the secret word and site name used for each password. A typical qwertycard password will often be 18 characters or more.

We randomly select code characters from 80 of the characters found on a standard keyboard. We exclude a small number of characters that we consider to be too similar, or potentially confusing to users.

Our characters are generated using true random data from our hardware random number generator, ensuring excellent randomness.

These three factors make qwertycards passwords very strong.
How can I make my secret word easier to remember?
The ideal secret word in the middle of your qwertycard password is a special password you have created and memorised that has no connection to your qwertycard.

We recognise that this approach is not for everyone though, and an easy to remember alternative is to use a simple secret word encoded with the qwertycard.

To enter a password this way, you lookup each letter of your secret word on the keyboard on the front of your qwerty card. The white letters on a black background show the alphabet letters A to Z and the black letters on the white background show the code character corresponding to each letter.

The code characters, rather than your actual secret word letters are what you type in the password box. You type this in straight after you type in the 'space bar code'.

Your secret word can be as long as you like, but you should never write it down or tell it to anyone. An example secret word is ENIGMA and the corresponding code characters, taken from our example qwertycard, are AfQsu.

E=A
N=f
I=Q
G=s
M=u
A=.

Every qwertycard is unique and has different code characters on its keyboard.

Is the code data you use really random?
Yes - we use a special piece of hardware, a true random number generator, to produce physical random data for the cards.
Which keyboard characters appear on qwertycards?
We randomly select characters from 80 of the characters found on a standard keyboard. We exclude a small number of characters that we consider to be too similar, or potentially confusing to users.
Which websites are compatible with the qwertycard?

Qwertycard passwords work with all major websites that follow best practice password security.

There are still a few websites that weaken password security by applying password length restrictions or not allowing certain characters to be used in passwords.

We finance the website PasswordPain.org to help focus attention on this.

What should I do if a site only allows a short password length?

There are still a few websites that weaken password security by applying password length restrictions or not allowing certain characters to be used in passwords.

We finance the website PasswordPain.org to help focus attention on this.

As a pragmatic workaround you could enter as many characters of the password as you are allowed to by the site.
What should I do if a site forces me to change my password on a regular basis?

Our view is that sites should only require you to change your password if there is a reason to believe it has been compromised. Forcing you to change it without cause is a hassle that might actually push you towards an easy to remember, less secure password.

As a pragmatic workaround you could consider a system such as adding the month (in 3 letter form) encoded with your qwertycard keyboard to your secret word. This would not show the month in plain text, so if a password was compromised on the site it would not be obvious what you were doing.

Can I have more than one identical qwerty card?
No - to ensure the qwerty card codes are secure every card printed is unique.
Does the card only work on websites?

No - the card can be used to generate text passwords for any system or service.

Just use a NAME description that suits the purpose, example:
Windows login: WINDOWS
Linux login: LINUX
Skype account: SKYPE

How often should I get a new card?
There is no need to get a new qwertycard unless your existing card is lost or stolen or you have reason to suspect any of the websites, computers or devices you use, or the card itself, have been compromised in any way.
What are your contact details?
You can email us at info@qwertycards.com

Tweet us at @qwertycards

or write to us at

Tream Tech Ltd.
120 High Street
Edgware
Middlesex HA8 7EL
London
England
Are my personal details safe with qwertycards.com?

Yes.

When you buy from our site we request the minimum amount of personal information from you that we need to fulfill your order and we keep this safe in an encrypted format.
We do not store or transmit credit card data to our own servers, this is sent directly from your browser to the third party payment handler.
Which countries do you deliver to?
Worldwide.

We use Royal Mail standard international delivery to ship our international orders.

What does the card look like?
The card is black plastic, the same size and thickness as a typical credit or store card. The front and back of the card are shown on the front page of our website.
Why should I buy a genuine qwertycard?
We work hard to apply best practice password security in every stage of our card production, we don't cut corners and when you buy a genuine qwertycard you know it is safe.
Is there a corporate version of the qwertycard?
Yes! Please see the business edition section of our website.
We are also happy to discuss any specific requirements for larger orders.
Please contact us by email at info@qwertycards.com with more details.
How can i pay?
We accept all major credit and debit card types and paypal.
What does qwerty mean?
The so called QWERTY keyboard layout is the most commonly used open standard for keyboards.
Can I publish content from your website?
Yes - you may use or link to any material on our site provided you attribute us as the original source and provide a link to www.qwertycards.com
How can I help promote better security on the internet?

If you are a webmaster, please provide a link to our site in or around your create password form. You are welcome to use a copy of our logo for this purpose.

There are still a few websites that weaken password security by applying password length restrictions or not allowing certain characters to be used in passwords.

We finance the website PasswordPain.org to help focus attention on this.

My card hasn't arrived or has a problem?
Please contact us by email at info@qwertycards.com with your order reference number in the email subject and put the details or your issue in the body of the email.
What are your terms of use?
You can see our terms and conditions here.
What is your privacy policy?
You can see our privacy policy here.

Answers - Business Edition

Does every card have different codes?

Yes - every card has a completely unique, random code.

We use a special piece of hardware, a true random number generator, to produce physical random data for the codes.

We never reuse random data and the digital versions of data and codes are erased as soon as the cards are physically printed.

How are the codes on the cards obscured until they reach the end users?

The code on each card is obscured with a security label that must be scratched off to reveal the code.

What to do if a card is lost or stolen?

Issue the user a new card and request that they change their password.

Where can I read what people are saying about Qwertycards?
You can read our timeline on twitter, @qwertycards, or find a collection of tweets and press links here.
Do you keep copies of the card codes?

No – The card has the only copy of the code that exists.

The digital versions of data and codes are erased as soon as the cards are physically printed.

Should users make copies of their cards as a backup?
No – if a card is lost or stolen the user's password should be reset and a new card issued to them.
How strong are qwertycard passwords?

Password strength is a function of the number of characters, the range of possible characters and the degree of randomness.

The length of each qwertycard password varies as 8 characters plus a variable number depending on the length of the user´s own secret password. A typical qwertycard password will often be 18 characters or more.

We randomly select code characters from 80 of the characters found on a standard keyboard. We exclude a small number of characters that we consider to be too similar, or potentially confusing to users.

Our characters are generated using true random data from our hardware random number generator, ensuring excellent randomness.

These three factors make qwertycards passwords very strong.
Is the code data you use really random?
Yes - we use a special piece of hardware, a true random number generator, to produce physical random data for the cards.
Which keyboard characters appear on qwertycards?
We randomly select characters from 80 of the characters found on a standard keyboard. We exclude a small number of characters that we consider to be too similar, or potentially confusing to users.
What if my organisation requires users to change their passwords on a regular basis?

Issuing all user's with a new qwertycard on a periodic basis is an excellent security step in a business environment and could be timed to coincide with forced password changes.

Can I have more than one identical qwerty card?
No - to ensure the qwerty card codes are secure every card printed is unique.
How often should users be issued with new cards?
Issuing user's with new cards on a monthly, or quarterly, basis is good security practise in a business environment. Cards should also be issued when new password accounts are created and if any cards are lost or stolen.
What are your contact details?
You can email us at info@qwertycards.com

Tweet us at @qwertycards

or write to us at

Tream Tech Ltd.
120 High Street
Edgware
Middlesex HA8 7EL
London
England
Which countries do you deliver to?
Worldwide.

We use Royal Mail international, with recorded delivery and document tracking, to ship all our business orders.

What does the card look like?
The card is dark blue plastic, the same size and thickness as a typical credit or store card. The front and back of the card are shown on our website.
Why should I buy a genuine qwertycard?
We work hard to apply best practice password security in every stage of our card production, we don't cut corners and when you buy a genuine qwertycard you know it is safe.
How can i pay?
We accept all major credit and debit card types and paypal.
What does qwerty mean?
The so called QWERTY keyboard layout is the most commonly used open standard for keyboards.