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10.4: Create strong and memorable passwords System 10.4
Tiger only hintAs seen at right, Tiger includes a new Password Assistant which helps generate passwords when setting up user accounts. To access, click the Key icon you see when adding a password to a user account (in Accounts in System Preferences).

The assistant can create the following types of passwords:
  • Memorable (the most useful to me -- secure & you can actually remember these!)
  • Letters & Numbers
  • Numbers Only
  • Random
  • FIPS-181 Compliant
A slider adjusts the length, and a bar graph shows the quality and security of your generated password.

[robg adds: Hopefully this will help users create longer yet memorable passwords; I'm glad to see the tool improved and moved out of the confines of the Keychain application.]
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10.4: Create strong and memorable passwords
Authored by: gunnmjk on May 02, '05 02:28:48PM

This was in 10.3? What the hell? I never knew this existed! Awesome!
I've been using the KDX app "xyzzy" for quite some time. It produces pronouncable passwords with numbers. This seems a bit better though.

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Where is this?
Authored by: so1omon on May 02, '05 04:24:58PM

I guess I'm confused, because I cannot find this anywhere. Is it a part of another Utility?

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10.4: Create strong and memorable passwords
Authored by: victory on May 02, '05 05:30:11PM
The Password Assistant did exist in 10.3 (at least) -- it was just a pain to find it (see this hint). Besides being easier to invoke, the new version seems to have a few more options.

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10.4: Create strong and memorable passwords
Authored by: enigmamf on May 02, '05 10:41:28PM

It sure creates some *Interesting* passwords on 'memorable'


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Slightly OT: root passwords
Authored by: zzen on May 03, '05 07:24:52AM

Following the link to the hint about the 10.3 password analyzer, I was surprised how many people were bragging about their root password being oh-so-much-more secure then their regular user (admin I suppose) password.

I wanted to warn everybody, that the admin account (AA) password in Mac OS X is much more critical then the root password. With AA password, you can easily do anything root can - including changing the root password. But moreover, with AA, you can log-in remotely via SSH (if it's enabled in Sharing) - which you cannot do with root. Generally, root is much better protected against remote (mis)use...

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Unmentioned "Manual" Type
Authored by: dreid on May 04, '05 02:55:07AM

There is also a "Manual" type that will let you test the strength of your current passwords by the same criteria used in gauging the strength of the generated passwords.

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10.4: Create strong and memorable passwords
Authored by: KenaiTheMacFan on Jun 13, '05 06:21:32PM

Whenever I try it in Keychain, it doesn't do anything. It worked great in Panther.


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