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6 Ways to Get Inspiration for Creating Password Patterns

This section presents a few ideas for creating your own password pattern. Always remember that your password pattern needs to be easy to remember but impossible for anyone to guess. So please use this guide as inspiration only, and don't use any of the patterns that you see here.

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Different methods we use to generate password patterns

Your pattern can be absolutely anything - as long as it is easy to remember and impossible to guess. Here we present a few ideas for creating a pattern in one, two and four card arrangements.

Single card password patterns

We recommend that you don’t just use a pattern based on just a single card, as your pattern may be easy to guess. So use these examples as inspiration, and create something unique to you.

Using routes to create password patterns

This is my favourite. The sequence of a route is easy to remember, and so is the pattern. Your route can be anything. It might reflect your walk to work. Or to the pub. It could be the route your take around the supermarket. Or on your jog through the park. It could be a random snaking around the game cards. It could be anything. Your call! Routes can sit on a single card, but are much better on multiple cards. Here are a few examples, starting with two 4 card routes…

Next, we have two examples of routes that go across 2 cards. The sequence numbers have been marked on so that you see where the route starts and ends.

A two-card snaking route

Finally, we have an example of a single card route. Again, the sequence is marked on so that you can see the pattern isn't just going from left to right, rather it is cycling out from the centre.

Tetris-like password patterns

Fans of Tetris™ can use the game’s shapes to devise their own pattern. The shapes that you use, where you place them on the hint and the sequence that you define through them is entirely your call.

Pick a few shapes, place them anywhere on the hint, and decide on a sequence. Bingo - there's your pattern.

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The dot matrix printer pattern method

Way before today’s new-fangled laser printers, we all used to rely on chugging, noisy dot matrix printers. And reams of green and white stripy paper. Dot matrix printers did their printing with multiple tiny rods that put down a series of dots. These dots loosely formed recognisable characters, without actually being anything more than a bunch of impressions on a page.

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We can use the same approach to use letters and numbers directly on the hints.

This is what the English alphabet looks like...

creating password patterns from letters

And this is what the numbers look like...

creating password patterns from numbers

Note that there is usually a decision to be made about where in the card to locate the start of the letter or number. If you are going to use this method to generate a pattern, be sure to vary the location of the characters. Remember, your pattern needs to be impossible to guess, so combine a letter or number with some other sequence to ensure your pattern remains your secret.

Dice-like password patterns

Here, we’ll use the dots on the faces of a dice to convert a sequence of numbers (1 through 6) into a pattern. We can then apply this pattern to a Password Coach hint to reveal our strong password.

First of all, a reminder of what the faces of a dice look like. You can see that each number is its own simple pattern. We can use a combination of these to build up our password pattern.

When we map this to the hints, the dice faces look something like this:

Now we can use these shapes to create a password pattern from a sequence of numbers – as long as you’re OK making do without zero, seven, eight and nine! Here we can see one way to pattern-up the number 31415:

Morse code password patterns

Morse code is a method of transmitting text information as a series of long and short audible tones. Each letter of the alphabet is represented as a different combination of tones, and so it is possible to use Morse code to spell out words purely with tones. We can use the Morse code alphabet as the inspiration for our password pattern, using the combination of tones relating to each letter to translate to a pattern.

Below is the Morse code representation of the entire English language alphabet. You can see that each letter has a unique combination of short (dots) and long (dashes) tones. Alongside each is the Password Coach equivalent shape. 

The English alphabet with the Password Coach and Morse code equivalents

The English alphabet with the Password Coach and Morse code equivalents

To convert Morse code to a pattern, we’ll translate a dot to a single hint selection, and we’ll translate a dash to two vertical selections, as follows:

Converting the Morse code representation of the letter A to Password Bingo
Building a pattern by translating a word into the Password Bingo equivalent of Morse code

With this method, you can now devise your password pattern based on any short sequence of letters. Here we map out a pattern from the word LIMA. Of course, the individual shapes that the letters make can go anywhere on the game cards - in this case they could easily squeeze onto the same single card, but we've spread them out across four to be super-safe.