Fed up with boring old passwords, or passwords you'll never remember in 5 minutes time?
The use of 'random' passwords which incorporate upper and lower case letters, numbers and ASCII characters is highly recommended and can mean the difference between a hacker gaining access to your online life in as little as a few seconds, or giving up as it would take too long.
The random, rude passwords generated on this website can contain letters, numbers and characters, and can be up to 32 digits long. As such they are much more secure than shorter passwords that may contain actual words, or just letters/numbers. When it's super rude, even a long password becomes quite memorable :)
Every secure password generated comes with the following great security features, built in!
As you may know already, you should not use the same password for more than one online service - this way, if you ever have an account compromised, the atatcker will only be able to access that one account, rather than easily taking over your entire online identity.
Obviously it would be impossible to remember potentially hundreds of 16-digit random password strings - this is where securely encrypted password managers come in.
For safe, secure management of your paswords, we recommend the following services. Note that for security, you should NEVER keep your passwords written down on your computer or physically, in plain text. Learn more about password cracking here.
A password manager will typically encrypt your password into hashes which no one can view unless they have a key. This level of encryption is to all practical intents and purposes 'unbreakable' at least in the civilian market. You can read more about security, and how your passwords are stored in encrytped form on the KeePass website.
A strong password is an important protection to help you have safer online transactions. Here are steps you can take to create a strong password. Some or all might help protect your online transactions:
Hackers use sophisticated automated tools that can rapidly decipher passwords, such as John The Ripper. Don't make it easy for someone to crack your password!
For example, a couple of years back Gawker Media [owner of various popular blogs and sites such as Lifehacker] got hacked. Horrifyingly, 2516 Gawker account holders used "123456" as a password, while another 2188 used "password" for a password. You get the idea.
Avoid creating passwords that use any or all of the following:
The truth here is that password security depends heavily on the attack method. Dictionary attacks can crack different passwords than brute-force attacks. People often think of a short set of random characters like "*K>#)0$j4" as super secure, but a long string of memorable words like "golfkangaroocrispyhalitosis" can actually be just as strong!
The reason has everything to do with password entropy: a representation of how much uncertainty there is in a password. This translates to how computationally difficult a password is to crack. Simply put, adding length increases entropy.
It is also important for users to use random text in passwords, like 'golf kangaroo crispy halitosis', which is comprised of words with no obvious correlation. Using people's names, repeating characters, sequential numbers or well-known keyboard entries like 'qwerty' are expected - just the opposite of random.
We recommend you check out this great XKCD comic strip for further illustration :) When enforcing passwords, prioritize length and random text. Better still, aim for both!
Here's a few handy, quick little security tips to help keep your password safe.
Dictionary attacks: Avoid consecutive keyboard combinations— such as qwerty or asdfg. Don't use dictionary words, slang terms, common misspellings, or words spelled backward. These cracks rely on software that automatically plugs common words into password fields. Password cracking becomes almost effortless with a tool like John the Ripper or similar programs.
Cracking security questions: Many people use first names as passwords, usually the names of spouses, kids, other relatives, or pets, all of which can be deduced with a little research. When you click the "forgot password" link within a webmail service or other site, you’re asked to answer a question or series of questions. The answers can often be found on your social media profile. This is how Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account was hacked.
Simple passwords: Don't use personal information such as your name, age, birth date, child's name, pet's name, or favorite color/song, etc. When 32 million passwords were exposed in a breach last year, almost 1% of victims were using "123456". The next most popular password was "12345." Other common choices are "111111", "princess", "qwerty", and "abc123".
Reuse of passwords across multiple sites: Reusing passwords for email, banking, and social media accounts can lead to identity theft. Two recent breaches revealed a password reuse rate of 31% among victims.
Social engineering: Social engineering is an elaborate type of lying. An alternative to traditional hacking, it is the act of manipulating others into performing certain actions or divulging confidential information.
Third-party sites get hacked: Twitter, Sony, Living Social, Gawker, Evernote - the list of huge online companies who have had their user data hacked is growing. Obviously, there is nothing you can do personally to prevent this, but to safeguard against it you MUST use differrent passwords for the online services you use. This will mitigate the risk and stop a hacker from easily stealing your online accounts en masse.
Note: Passwords generated on this website are not a guarantee of your online security!
Disclaimer: The Password Generator tool on this site is free to use and anonymous. No guarantee is made, offered or implied in regard to strength passwords generated, or being 'hacker' proof. We cannot be held responsible or liable in anyw ay from losses arising from your password being divulged or discovered. It is your responsibility to ensure your password, however technically secure, remains secret and known only to you.
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