Passwords are a pain in the gluteous maximus. To be a good password it should be difficult to crack. That also makes it difficult to remember.
And I have a list of login IDs and passwords as long as my gluteous maximus is large. In other words, making passwords is painful. Using passwords is painful. Remove the pain with two apps. One cheap and easy. One expensive and complex.
The Bad News And The Good News
Like it or don’t, Mac users must have passwords. If you’re buying online, you need a login ID and password. Login IDs are easy to remember (usually).
Unfortunately, we also make our passwords easy to remember.
That easy-to-use password also makes it easy for someone to crack.
What’s a good way to make a more complicated password? Longer is better. So is a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
PwGenerator is an inexpensive Mac app with a delightfully easy and fun-to-use interface that makes complex passwords for you.
The interface is mostly self explanatory.
First, decide how long and what type of password you need. The choices are Normal and Long, WEP, WPA/WPA2, and ASCII or Hexadecimal keys.
The slider bar at the top is used to determine how many characters to be used in the password. Not all logins are created equal, and some password lengths are limited to eight characters (or more).
Second, you can choose how long and how complex you want the password to be. Settings include Capital Letters, Small Letters, Digits, and Symbols. The slider bars will change the number (as a percentage) of each setting. The Strength Meter at the bottom displays relative strength of your selections.
That’s it. PwGenerator makes it a breeze to create longer, more complex, presumably more secure passwords by manipulating the slider bars.
The negatives? There’s no trial version. If you don’t like it, you’ve already paid on the Mac App Store.
OK, that’s for password generation. Managing login IDs and passwords is still a pain unless you’re using 1Password. This relatively expensive Mac app remembers login IDs, passwords, and other sensitive information, syncs it all back and forth between Mac and iPhone, and can even do the login for you. 1Password is at the other end of the trick scale from PwGenerator—two cases where you truly get what you pay for.