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pwgen is a popular Unix command line utility to generate passwords. Using that code, I created pwgen for Mac, which is a GUI front-end to pwgen.

The program generates passwords which are designed to be easily memorized by humans, while being as secure as possible, and it's open source. Features include no ambiguous characters (8/B), a full mix of capitals, numbers, and tokens, and lengths varying from eight to 32 characters.

[robg adds: There's also a built-in tool in OS X, too, available from the Accounts System Preferences panel. For browser-based password creation, 1Password is highly recommended.]
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Use an open source app to generate new passwords
Authored by: metiure on Dec 16, '09 09:44:18AM

Hey Rob, thanks, I didn't know about the Accounts pw generator!



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built-in tool in OS X,
Authored by: MtnBiker on Dec 16, '09 11:02:27AM

System Preferences>Accounts>Change Password… (not necessary to log-in)>click on key icon and voila up pops Password Assistant. Many types are available: Memorable, Letters and Numbers, etc.

Can't find in Core Apps. Would be handy to run as an app. The window disappears when you use another app other than System Preferences.

My comment only summarizes Rob's comment; no new information.

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built-in tool in OS X,
Authored by: mr.bill on Dec 16, '09 06:19:50PM

Can be run as app, see Password Assistant from Code Poetry at:

http://www.codepoetry.net/products/passwordassistant

"Password Assistant simply calls the Mac OS X Password Assistant dialog on demand."



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Use an open source app to generate new passwords
Authored by: jdb8167 on Dec 16, '09 12:21:18PM

The easiest way to get to the password generator in OS X is to use Keychain Access from your Utilities folder. From there: File Menu->New Password Item... Click on the key icon to the right of the password field.

I keep Keychain Access in my menu bar using the menu extra that can be turned on in the applications Preferences pane.



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Use an open source app to generate new passwords
Authored by: MtnBiker on Dec 16, '09 01:22:17PM

Thanks, that's easier and more intuitive.

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Use an open source app to generate new passwords
Authored by: amaloney on Dec 16, '09 04:12:18PM

I generate passwords using the title, date published, and author name from any handy book in this fashion:
1. take the first letter of the words in the name of the book
2. use variations of upper & lower case that can be remembered eg every third letter
3. add the last two digits of the year
4. add the initials of the author
Voilá, a good password that can be recovered easily if forgotten.

eg Why People Believe Weird Things 1997 Michael Shermer -> wpbwt97MS (or other variants)



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Use an open source app to generate new passwords
Authored by: everkleer80 on Dec 17, '09 09:34:34AM

LOL and now anyone that read this is that much closer to cracking your passwords!



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Use an open source app to generate new passwords
Authored by: amaloney on Dec 17, '09 12:06:58PM

It's pretty hard to crack if you do not know the name of the book, CD, DVD, etc that has been used for the basis.
One can even use the first letters of a paragraph on any page of a book that you choose.

I believe that my method is safer than having to store some password that is difficult to remember.

I would like to hear from someone who has some expertise in discovering passwords.



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Use an open source app to generate new passwords
Authored by: Titanium Man on Dec 16, '09 06:15:11PM

Wow, Wietse Venema writing apps for the Mac platform!



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Use an open source app to generate new passwords
Authored by: wietsevenema on Dec 17, '09 01:56:12AM

Hello, I'm the dev of this little program. I can assure you that I'm not Wietse Venema as in "Postfix" Wietse Venema. Here in Holland that name is not as rare as you would think.



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Make a random password in terminal
Authored by: rexroof on Dec 17, '09 09:20:35AM
There are dozens of ways to make random passwords in the terminal, here is one:

paste this command into terminal:
jot -r -c 160 . z | rs -g 0 10
that will give you 16 random passwords. pick one or two you like, or run it again.

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