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Generate Secure Passwords

by eric on August 9th, 2006 in: Uncategorized

Overwhelmed with the number of passwords you have?

Use the same username/password combo for every site?

Here’s a handy open source tool I use in WinXP to generate secure passwords and keep them securely stored in a database on a USB drive. I highly recommend this program.

KeePass – The Open-Source Password Safe

A short description from the Keepass site:

“You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).” – http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

If all you need to do is generate a secure password, but you plan to store it elsewhere, check out the online Random Password Generator from winguides.com.

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  1. Davd Teare said:

    August 14th, 2006 at 19:53

    I liked KeePass, it was very good at improving my security because I was able to use randomly generated passwords and no longer needed to reuse passwords for multiple websites.

    The problem I had with KeePass is it was not very convenient. I wanted to be able to access my passwords from within the browser and have the passwords automatically entered.

    Give RoboForm for windows or 1Passwd for mac os x a try. Neither are free, but the convenience and phishing protection are worth it.

  2. eric a. said:

    August 14th, 2006 at 22:41

    David,

    Thanks for the links! I realized after I posted that I hadn’t really mentioned password safe solutions for those using Mac or Linux.

    Just to be clear, you’re actually a developer affiliated with one or both of these projects, right? So, your comment is technically an advert . . . but it’s right on topic. 🙂  And I appreciate the links.
    I like Open Source software in general, but especially for cryptography, that’s one of the reasons I’ve been a supporter of KeePass. I also think that KeePass is quite convenient despite the fact that it doesn’t give you access to the passwords from within the browser. There are free plug-ins that allow auto-fill of forms and help with the convenience issue.

    Truthfully, I’m not sure how much access I want my browser to have to my secure passwords anyway. Especially IE.

    There seem to be plenty of other good packages out there as well, though, both free and paid.

    Here’s are some other links I found:
    http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/ (Win)
    http://kedpm.sourceforge.net/ (Win, Mac, Linux, Solaris, BSD)
    http://www.fpx.de/fp/Software/Gorilla/ (Win, Mac, Linux, Solaris, BSD)

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