That someone, somewhere will hack into our Mac or an online account and steal information, destroy information, steal our identity or money. It can happen. It has happened. It’s going to continue to happen. What can you do? Start with an improved login ID for your accounts, and a more secure password. Fortunately, there’s a Mac app for that and it’s free.
Passwords You Can Remember
The biggest problem most of us face is that we have too many online accounts, user accounts, and web sites which require a login ID and a password.
If we’re forced to login regularly, we often want to use either a complex password manager app, or a simple password that we can use everywhere.
Therein lies the danger. A simple password often isn’t a secure password. CBS News ran an interesting article which highlighted the 25 Most Common Passwords of 2012.
The top password was the word password. That was followed by 123456, and the ever more secure 12345678. Moving up the list from previous years was abc123, qwerty, and, of course, trustno1.
What’s the problem? We want a password we can remember. But we can remember often isn’t very secure. That’s where RPG comes in. It’s a random password generator, hence the RPG, that combines syllables with numbers and symbols to form a more secure password.
RPG can generate very complex passwords which mix syllables, numbers, and a variety of symbols, up to 14 characters in length.
But you get to control which component is used, including an option to capitalize the syllables.
For each password, a secure hash (SHA-1) is generated. That consists of 40 HEX characters which provides for more secure passwords.
The key here is that most of the passwords generated are human readable, therefore easier to remember. And that’s what’s important. It’s a more complex password that can be remembered.
Yes, it takes a little extra effort– especially when inserting symbols– to figure out the readable password, but the result is more security for little effort.
Not bad for free, right? There’s another free Mac app called Doorman which also specializes in speakable passwords.