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Text Sets are a list of short lines of text. They use considerably less space than image sets and are much easier to create. However, they are harder to use since it is easier for our brains to recognize an image than words which must be read first.

You can pick any words you want: street names, band names, brand names, nicknames, childhood friends, quotes, book titles... Names of persons are the most natural choice. Upon reading a name you are immediately reminded of a specific person - or not. These are the categories we are looking for. Try to use strongly familiar items or items you have known for a long time. Allow for the possibility that items (especially names) may enter your life and become special. You should still be able to categorize these new items as unknown!

Another option is to pick two similar things and treat the preferred one as the known item and the other one as the unknown item. For example: Coke or Pepsi, McDonald's or Burger King, Mercedes or BMW, boxers or briefs...

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: tap this when you are done with the set. You will be asked to save or delete the item set.

: show the text set options.

0/0, : see User Interface: Item Selection.

: import externally prepared text files with lists of text items.

: add other text sets. You can combine multiple text sets into one.

: add 25 random names. No duplicates will be added. You can do this multiple times.

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Tap on the text field at the top of the screen to start entering items. The items will be capitalized for you. Keep the items short, preferrably single words up to 15 characters long. The shorter the text, the easier to read and recognize. Tap return to add an item to the list. If the item is a duplicate you will hear a beep, the item will not be added and the text field will be cleared. Start by entering known items. You can add random names by tapping .

A text set does not have to be made from homogeneous items, i.e. only names or only places, the items can be anything at all. However, you should add approximately the same kind of items for the known and unknown categories. You don't want anyone else to be able to tell a known item from an unknown item!

Add about 30 to 50 items for each of the known/unknown categories and one to five coercion items. The more items you enter the better. It will allow for a greater number and more varied access sequences.

To edit an item, tap on the icon next to it. To delete, tap on one or more items to select them, then tap .

When you are just about ready you should carefully read each and every item to make sure it solidly and easily falls into one of the three categories.

When in doubt throw it out :-)

Then tap . You can save partial text sets (e.g. known items only or person names only) and combine them later into a single text set.

Options   top
You can sort the list of text items alphabetically.

Import   top
It is (still) easier to work on a laptop or desktop computer. You can prepare your text set on another machine. Create a plain text document (with extension .txt) which has one text item per line. Leave it as is or make a zip archive out of it. Then copy it to your device's Documents folder with iTunes (Public Folders and File Import: Importing Documents with iTunes,) or e-mail it to yourself (Public Folders and File Import: Importing Documents from Other Apps). E-mailing, however, may not be secure!

Whichever method you use, keep track of where you leave copies of your text set. Delete them when you no longer need them. They are the raw material for your passwords and should not fall into the wrong hands!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013