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Random Passwords

When I sign up for a new service that requires a login and password, I find that I waste too much time thinking of a good password.  I recently watched a co-worker use a random password generator to order pizza online.  It took seconds and involved no thinking.  That sold me on the idea of using a random password generator.  I was already using KeePass to store my passwords. 1390518392 Now, I also use its built-in random password generator.  Using a random password generator is also one of the easiest steps you can take to help safeguard your online services from hackers.  A randomly-generated string will usually be tougher for hackers to crack than a password manufactured by a human being.  It will also be unique.  Unique passwords reduce your risk of multiple hacks when one of your online services becomes compromised.

There are several good password managers and random password generators out there, and I can't really recommend one over another.  A quick search for online password generators led me to one hosted by LastPass.  Although the generator is accessed from the web, the actual service runs locally on your PC/Mac and never travels across the internet. This tool lets you select the length of the password and the types of characters you want to include.  It can also generate passwords that are easier to say (less secure) or easier to read.


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Do the password managers you mention allow you to manage your passwords across multiple devices or just one? Any tips for accessing those random passwords on shared devices (e.g. Reference workstations) or shared accounts (e.g. online vendors where multiple people use the account)?

KeePass allows you to maintain private and shared password databases. If you have a file share, multiple computers can access a password database.

Devices on another network, like phones, would require a cloud-based password manager. I have not tried any.

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