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Generate strong yet memorable passwords
Authored by: romulis on Sep 23, '04 12:58:00PM

Great hint. Thanks (I've actually been doing this for years but never thought of writing it up as a hint - well done!).

My problem is that I've got too many good passwords. I generally try to use a different password for most websites, and even more different passwords at work - I stopped counting them at 20 :-) To make things worse they introduced password aging at work, so they're constantly changing too *sob*

But Apple helps here too! Keychain Access is intended to give you some control over the automatically stored passwords (from safari, finder etc.) but you can use it to store your passwords too.

Start Keychain Access (in your Utilities folder). To store a new password, click on the password icon (the key at the left of the toolbar) and you can enter a name (the application/machine/site or whatever), an account name and a password.

To see a forgotten password, open Keychain Access and click on the name of the password you stored. At first it won't show the password. To see the password you first have to click on the show password button (bottom left), enter your login password in the pop-up dialog and then click either allow once or always allow to display the password. If you click on allow once then you will have to supply your login password the next time you want to see the stored password again. Selecting always allow will cause Keychain Access to show the password in the future as soon as you click on the show password button.

Of course this relies on you having a good login password and you NOT FORGETTING IT :-)

I've been using this for a while now, and although it is a little cumbersome, it does provide a neat way of storing sensitive information, and it's already saved some serious headaches

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Generate strong yet memorable passwords
Authored by: Felix_the_Mac on Sep 23, '04 01:56:27PM

I find keychain Access extremely useful.

It means that I can use secure passwords on all web sites etc that I visit because I dont have to remember them.

The description above makes it sound rather complicated (not a criticism) , however once it is configured it isn't really.

TIP: you can get a Keychain access icon in the menu bar which makes it very quick to access the app. To do this start Keychain Access and then goto view >> Show status in menu bar.

REMEMBER to backup your keychain files, otherwise you may loose all your difficult to remember passwords. (The way I do this is by backing up my entire home folder.)

Also I use apg (automatic password generator) to create pronounceable passwords ten at a time, I then choose one I like. I got this program via fink but I am sure there are other sources.

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Generate AND STORE passwords--portably!
Authored by: jspivack on Sep 23, '04 03:59:13PM
I use and *love* SplashID. It stores passwords by category, with extra custom fields, and syncs perfectly with my PalmOS PDA, and version 3.0 inculdes a generator. The Palm sync is key as it makes all of these passwords (and software serial numbers, and insurance policy numbers, and .... i have hundreds of entries) portable! And safe--the database is encrypted. $30, definitely worth it.

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Generate AND STORE passwords--portably!
Authored by: pete on Sep 23, '04 11:21:43PM
I saved myself the money and use YAPS (Yet Another Password Saver.)

You can make your own categories and save anything you want. It isn't flashy like SplashID, but it does the job, and is free.

It's available at

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