How can you get a more secure password that you can easily remember? The two are usually mutually exclusive. Worse, the built-in password generation options on a Mac are cumbersome. Here’s how to get good passwords for free.
A Factory For Passwords
One trip to the Mac App Store and you can walk away with a handful of very good password generating apps and still have money left over from a couple of bucks.
Password Factory is free and does much of what you want OS X to do automatically, but doesn’t. Free, secure, usable, variable passwords with a click.
What makes Password Factory unique? Well, yes, it’s free but there are others that can make the same claim.
What I see that I like are the options to create random passwords with variable length using symbols, mixed case letters and numbers, and the built-in strength meter.
That includes an option for a pattern password and a pronounceable password. If you can pronounce it, it’s easier to remember.
Password Factory’s learning curve is nearly instant and totally self explanatory. Set the character length of the password by using the slider bar.
Check the Symbols, Mixed Case, and Avoid Ambiguous Characters options. The Strength meter displays how strong the password you’ve created really is (according to some undisclosed scale).
Pattern has a number of options, including random characters, upper and lower case words. The pronounceable option lets you select toggles for Hyphen, None, Characters, Numbers, Symbols, and one I’ve never heard of– spaces.
There may be Mac apps that create even more secure passwords, but I haven’t seen them yet. This looks pretty good for free. What Password Factory does not do (and I wish it would) is to create a batch file with dozens of passwords.
Other than that, you can’t beat free.