Using a Password Generator

Use a password generator to create a new, strong password.

A “password generator”, also called a “random password generator”, is a software program that creates sequences of characters to be used as a password. The password generator has a formula that creates a new sequence of characters each time it is used, so that each password it generates is unique and strong. The formula can use numbers, letters, symbols, or words, to create passwords of various lengths and complexity. If you are in a work environment that has a strict security policy, a password generator can help ensure you follow protocol.
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Use the password generator on the right to create strong, random passwords for your accounts.

If you use LastPass, the tool can generate new passwords as you create and update online accounts.

A password generator reduces bad passwords.

The past few years have seen unprecedented numbers of hacks of online sites and services. There are no signs of this trend slowing.

Good password hygiene means:

  • Long passwords with 14 or more characters
  • Use of numbers, letters, and symbols
  • Avoiding dictionary words or personal information, as well as variations of the same passwords everywhere
  • Different passwords for each account and service
  • Keeping passwords private – no sticky notes, no Word docs, no Excel files
  • Avoid sharing passwords with others

But it’s easy to fall into bad habits.

We use an ever-increasing number of online accounts, apps, and services to manage our daily life, all of which require logins and passwords.

We know that the stress of remembering passwords and other online account details leads us to poor password hygiene. According to a recent survey, 40% of adults admitted that remembering their passwords is one of the most difficult challenges of their daily life – more stressful than balancing their checkbook!

The top 25 bad passwords of 2013* were:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. iloveyou
  10. adobe123
  11. 123123
  12. admin
  13. 1234567890
  14. letmein
  15. photoshop
  16. 1234
  17. monkey
  18. shadow
  19. sunshine
  20. 12345
  21. password1
  22. princess
  23. azerty
  24. trustno1
  25. 000000

Are you using any passwords that look like the above? These passwords are very easy to guess or “crack”. We recommend using a password generator to update your passwords to better, more secure ones.

A password generator will create good passwords for you.

Using good, strong passwords reduces your risk of online identity theft and fraud. Strong passwords improve your online security by ensuring that should one of your accounts be hacked, your other accounts will not be affected.

According to experts, a good password:

  • Is at least 12 characters
  • Avoids dictionary words, common phrases, & recognizable number sequences
  • Does not use biographical information (ie, your pet or child’s name, birth date, etc)
  • Includes random numbers & symbols
  • Uses capital and lowercase letters
  • Is not shared with anyone
  • Is only used on one site, for one account

It can be hard to follow recommended security practices for good passwords. That’s where using a password manager and the built-in password generator is so useful.

When you use a password manager, it remembers all your passwords for you, and integrates with your browser to fill your usernames and passwords when you need them. When you are registering for a new site, you can use the built in password generator to create a new password for the account as you’re completing the registration process, and then save your new login to the password manager.

Using the built-in LastPass password generator.

Get started with a password manager like LastPass that has a password generator. It’s easy, saves you time, and helps make you more secure.

Download LastPass from the downloads page: https://lastpass.com/download and create your LastPass account.

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Login to LastPass, browse to your online accounts, and save them to LastPass as you go.

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When you register for a new site, click the “generate secure password” button, set your password requirements, and create a password.

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To update old, weak passwords, login to an existing account, go to the settings page for that site or service, and update your password using the LastPass password generator.

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Getting started is easy, just download LastPass today and start saving passwords.

*Source for password statistics.