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The crossword password is a possible way to generate a secure password while mixing different answers to personal questions together.

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The crossword password is a possible way to generate a secure password while mixing different answers to personal questions together. It's a simple thing which everyone knows from the newspaper but a genius way for generating a personal and secure password. Normally, when you choose a password you get the chance to answer a personal question ("Whats the name of your first pet?") which you can reanswer when you forget your password. In the crossword password this method is connected with generating a password. In a crossword you get many different personal questions to answer. Certain letters or numbers are chosen from this crossword to build your personal password. With this method your password should be more safe.

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

My name is Carolin and I'm a design student at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology in Darmstadt. After finishing my A-levels, I started studying "Digital Media" in a dual system. Therefor I am always 3 month in university and 3 month at the Fraunhofer Institute. I am an open-minded person which is always happy.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

I always have been interested in creative things and in strange - or better - different ways to see the world. I think this competition is a great chance for me to participate because I combine the two main topics. I am a designer and work in a company which deals with a lot of projects about cybersecurity.

What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have minimal experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a visual design graduate student.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

Location: City

I live in Mannheim, Germany.

Location: State / District

I live in Baden-Württemberg, in Mannheim, Germany.

Location: Country

  • Germany

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Welcome Carolin Cölsch  Happy to see your contribution to the Cybersecurity challenge. How would you consider pushing this idea further? We've had a large number of very interesting creations, have you had a chance to browse other submissions? There's a very interesting conversation around cybersecurity going on!

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Hi, good work, but I think the question are very small, and maybe you should include any cyber pic

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I was fascinated by the method that you described. I had a harder time understanding that that was what the graphic was about. You might want to introduce the notion of a mixer in the graphic, if you proceed to the second phase of the Challenge.

As a fellow entrant, I invite you to visit my submission and let me know how you think it could be improved..

Best of luck.

John Messing