That’s what happened with Apple’s iCloud recently. Once a user ID is known, a hacker merely needs to guess the password to gain access to almost anything. It’s far easier to crack a simple password than a complex password. Here’s a free way to skip the former and get the latter.
Passwords For Free
Password generators are a dime a dozen. No. Wait. There even less than that. You’ll find password generators on the web, on Mac apps, even in Safari.
Here’s another one and it’s free. It’s called Randhouse and all it does is create complex, highly secure passwords.
Here’s the problem with passwords. We want a password that’s easy to remember but difficult to hack. Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way. The more complex the password, the more difficult it is to remember.
So, just use stronger passwords anyway, and use a password manager– easily available for Mac, iPhone, iPad and pretty much everything else– to remember them.
Randhouse is as simple a password generator as you’ll find.
Use the simple slider bar to adjust the password’s character length. The checkboxes denote lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
There’s also an option to add a prefix or suffix. The passwords you get, especially the longer ones, are about as secure as a single password can be, and it’s hard to argue with free.
One option I’d like to see is found on a few other password generators– pronounceable passwords. I’d pay extra for more secure passwords I could pronounce (supposedly easier to remember). Try PPG2 for iPhone and Better Passwords for Mac.