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Mac OS X includes a great built-in utility that helps you test existing password strength, and also generate new strong passwords. If you’re wondering if your password is secure this is a great safe way to test the quality of it, and it’s also a safe way to create new strong passwords that you know will be considered secure.
Password Assistant has been included in Mac OS X for ages, here’s how to access it through Keychain:
Your current passwords may or may not be particularly strong, here’s how to test them in the safety of OS X, and then modify them if they are not sufficiently strong:
If your password turns up red in the quality bar, you’ll probably want to change it immediately.
You can choose to generate a new random password based on a set of rules. The safest yet most practical passwords tend to be memorable but long and random, so we’ll focus on that type:
The Memorable passwords generated tend to be mixed caps words with a few numbers, special characters, and another random word. For example, “iAte15^_^Burritos&barfed:(” is a strong password that is potentially easy to remember because it’s a weird phrase, but it’s secure because it has a lot of uniqueness to it.
Once secure passwords are generated, you can use them for anything, including email accounts, iCloud and iTunes, SSH, logging into OS X and the lock screen, and even logging into the iOS lock screen. Just don’t forget them.
Finally, remember to never share your passwords with anyone!
Heads up to MacDailyNews for the tip reminder.