The Best Last-Minute Halloween Costume of 2018: A Password Manager

You know what’s spooky? Having your accounts hacked.

It’s easy to feel detached from passwords and logins. When you hear about things like September’s Facebook security breach or October’s latest data leak, you might not be creeped out because a password is just a collection of numbers and letters—it doesn’t feel personal. What’s really at stake though is all of the deeply personal information those passwords help keep locked down. More of your identity than you think might be pieced together and exploited with access to just one account in the wrong hands.

password manager costumeIn fact, passwords are so valuable that thousands of them are stolen every day and traded on the black market. It’s not all a horror show out there, though! You can take steps to protect those precious passwords.

That’s why this year’s hottest new last-minute Halloween costume is inarguably the password manager. In one super simple DIY costume, you can both properly spook your friends and neighbors *and* educate them about the importance of privacy online.

We’ve put together a printable pattern so you can make this costume yourself in a few simple steps.

Step 1

Find a pillowcase sized to your liking. This really depends on who the costume is for. For a child, you can go standard size for a solid tunic-to-maxi fit. On an adult around 5’4”, a standard pillowcase can reach tunic length, though it might be tight in places. We’d recommend going full California King.

Step 2

Cut a hole for your head and arm holes. You know what they say: measure twice, cut once. If you don’t have a sewing machine, or have failed several times with fabric glue, duct tape works nicely to bind any fraying at the edges.

Step 3

Print the password fields. There are a few ways you can print them, depending on how much time and craftiness you have at your disposal. You can either print them onto regular paper, cut them out and velcro them to your costume, though we won’t judge if you just safety pin them on. This costume is thematically about safety, so do be sure to use a safety pin rather than a straight pin, as that could get dangerous. If you have the time, reinforce that regular paper with some sturdier cardstock (like we’ve done here).

You could also print them onto transfer paper and iron them on. Turns out transfer paper is tricky to find, so don’t leave that until the last minute (like we’ve done here).

Step 4

Impress everyone you know and definitely be the savviest person in any room.

6 comments on “The Best Last-Minute Halloween Costume of 2018: A Password Manager”

  1. K M wrote on

    Nice costume. Instead of asterisks, you could also replace them with very common passwords people tend to use like 123456, iloveyou etc.

  2. amutenya frans wrote on

    let share ideas together

    I love you all

  3. Vlatko Zimmer wrote on

    Ja bih vas zamolio : Povremeno šaljete kao i ove sadržaje za koje ja ne znam da li su to dodatci koje trebam ažurirati ( kako ažurirati ? ) na već postojeći vaš Firefox pretraživač koji imam instaliran. Znači ja želim da kad nešto šaljete to bude jasno da samo ažuriranjem već to dodam na VAŠ pretraživač, ZNAČI da stoji ažuriraj, a ne Preuzmi Firefox. Nema potrebe da stalno Preuzimam Firefox??? Nadam se da me razumijete.
    Srdačan pozdrav.

  4. Jan Adams wrote on

    Does Mozilla have a PW manager…. my kids recommend LastPass but…..
    I’m an early user of Firefox beginning when many had never heard of it. Over the years have trusted more than any other.

    1. M.J. Kelly wrote on

      Thanks for being Firefox user, Jan! We have a password manger in development called Firefox Lockbox. Here’s more information about it: https://testpilot.firefox.com/experiments/firefox-lockbox. It is currently only available for iOS, and in development for Android.

  5. stefanie wrote on

    I’ve always used Mozilla and Firefox on my desktops. I’ve had a lot of problems on my cell in last year. Google and Facebook I need a mess cleaned up I’m trying to find some help or direction on that. I was a wiz on a computer until last year. I’m blown away on where to start to access my whole Google and Facebook identity. Is there somewhere I can access these as a whole. I’ve spent months already I’m out of time. Thanks for all you do.