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So many times, we need to create passwords, whether it be for an Internet forum, online banking, email, or any number of other scenarios. If you're like me, it soon becomes tedious to create a strong password, and I've caught myself spacing out while considering the possibilities. OS X's built-in Keychain app has a great little tool to generate passwords, but that only works within Keychain Access, or when creating a new user account (that little key icon next to the password field). That is, until now...

Enter the good folk at CodePoetry.net -- they created a small (free and open source) application, Password Assistant, that will launch the same window that Keychain Access uses to generate passwords.

Just drop the application anywhere you'd like, and when you launch it, you are presented with the options to create a password of varying styles (memorable, letters and numbers, numbers only, random, FIPS-181 compliant, or totally manual), and of varying lengths (from 8 to 31 characters). It then gives you a list of 10 passwords that you can use that fit your requirements.

Now it's easier than ever to say NO! to weak passwords!

[robg adds: If you do a lot of this, you really can't beat 1Password for its ability to create, remember, and use stored passwords. If you don't need that level of automation and integration, though, this little tool is quite useful. (For the coders out there, this page explains how to access the password generation panel in your own apps.)]
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also free and opensource - apg
Authored by: chrisrosa on Jan 08, '10 07:50:21AM
It's hard to beat apg if you don't need a sexy interface. I use it all the time when I need to generate a block of passwords for users, or even myself.
APG generates random passwords. Its pronounceable password generation algorithm conforms to NIST FIPS 181, and its random character algorithm has 35 configurable modes. APG supports ANSI X9.17 random number generation (CAST/SHA1) with a built-in password quality checking system.


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also free and opensource - apg
Authored by: mkb218 on Jan 20, '10 10:07:11AM
Please don't link to DarwinPorts.com. The project has officially changed names to MacPorts and the owner of darwinports.com has never updated the mirror to point at the new site. Here is the correct up-to-date information for apg on MacPorts and here is more information on the whole saga.
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mkb
Edited on Jan 20, '10 10:12:02AM by mkb218


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Password generation via a free app and built-in OS X tool
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 08, '10 08:35:59AM
See also this similar hint from a few weeks ago.

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Password generation via a free app and built-in OS X tool
Authored by: mike_savory on Jan 08, '10 10:59:04AM

Dont use the Darwinports link here for apg, use the real http://www.macports.org/ macports site.

DarwnPorts . com is an advertising site that leeches off the hard work of the macports team.

Once you have installed MacPorts then
> port install apg
will install apg (and "man apg" will give you the options)

http://trac.macports.org/browser/trunk/dports/security/apg/Portfile

Edited on Jan 08, '10 11:00:47AM by mike_savory



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Password generation via a free app and built-in OS X tool
Authored by: sunfish62 on Jan 08, '10 03:28:18PM

Or you could use the open source program KeePassX (www.keepassx.org), which combines password storage with a generator.

Edited on Jan 08, '10 03:42:08PM by sunfish62



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Password generation via a free app and built-in OS X tool
Authored by: mech14 on Jan 09, '10 08:09:45AM

I use LastPass on all my Firefox installs. It has a very nice GUI that pops up when you are generating/changing passwords and it also has varying degrees of difficulty for passwords.

Maximum password length is 38 (example: 6N8V9O50c9qP6G!36!l04S848q9pnrSgLwlsqH)

Unfortunately, it doesn't have the option for memorable passwords, but then again, I never even have to type out my passwords when using LastPass as it seemlessly integrates with each website and logs me in automatically for most secure websites.



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Password generation via a free app and built-in OS X tool
Authored by: Elander on Jan 09, '10 08:43:22AM

I've been using "Make-A-Pass" for years now. It does all that the above tools do, but it lives in the Dashboard and is thus always just a click or a keystroke away.

It's a free widget that you can find here:
http://andrew.hedges.name/widgets/

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1Password needs to support the system password generator
Authored by: BiL Castine on Jan 09, '10 09:26:53AM

i use and completely love 1Password, especially it's ability to sync my passwords between my home and work machines, but i find the passwords it creates aren't very easy to remember, even when set to "memorable," so i use Password Assistant whenever i need to generate a memorable password (about 50% of the time). i have asked the 1Password developers to add support for the system Password assistant, but they understandably prioritize their development efforts based on user requests. if you think this would be a great feature to add to 1Password, please contact the developers and request it at this Agile Web Solutions forum post



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Password generation via a free app and built-in OS X tool
Authored by: cybermill on Jan 09, '10 10:25:07AM

I use password generator its freeware and has lots o option it can generate passwords in excess of 38 charachters(I'd hate to remember that), I just made a 64 character one. Not sure why this is a bunch of hubbub.

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/30547

this was made using 0-9 and A-Z and a-z

QBKla8lGqMTmomrGNCJ1XhCHw2L8oIT3JddjZFoFP6q3iV9vVFjsmlyXd7UFEm6M
or crimsony_subheading
or bffff380-56dae46e-4d4bfdc1-13d496a2-0000204f2361

Edited on Jan 09, '10 10:30:05AM by cybermill



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Password generation via a free app and built-in OS X tool
Authored by: Shubhangi on Jan 10, '10 09:52:08PM
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openssl from shell
Authored by: victory on Jan 11, '10 09:48:33AM
Here's an older hint on using the openssl tool from the cmd-line to generate cryptographically strong random strings. Useful if you're the type that prefers using builtin system binaries whenever possible



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Password generation via a free app and built-in OS X tool
Authored by: redclawx on Jan 11, '10 03:06:04PM

Or you could just use Steve Gibson's Perfect Passwords Webpage. https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm

If you need something "On-the-go" he also has the Perfect Paper Passwords
https://www.grc.com/ppp.htm



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Password generation via a free app and built-in OS X tool
Authored by: sprale on Jan 12, '10 07:54:54AM

Or you could just use AppleScript, it is built-in after all (tweak as necessary):

[applescript]
set pwLength to 8 as integer
set res to ""
repeat pwLength times
set res to res & some item of "abcdefghijkmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHJKLMNPQRSTUVWXYZ0123456789"
end repeat
set the clipboard to res
return res
display dialog res
[/applescript]

Edited on Jan 12, '10 07:56:22AM by sprale



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