While the word “password” is easy to remember, it does not actually make an ideal password. Neither does “123456”, “netpass1”, your spouse’s name, or your dog’s birthday. Security experts will tell you that your password needs to be longer (at least 8 characters), more complex (mixing letters, numbers, and case), and not use dictionary words (in any language, including Klingon). This is not always easy to accomplish. Fortunately, password generators make it much easier.
There are numerous password generators you can choose from, including those that work from the command line, graphical programs, and web-based tools. Today we will look at the web-based PC Tools Secure Password Generator.
The first thing you should know about the site is that you have the option to use it with SSL for a more secure connection. Unless you have a reason not to, you should click the SSL link. The generator allows you to choose from between 4 to 64 characters. 8 characters is the default and should be sufficient for most web hosting accounts. The phonetics option allows you to view a helpful device for remembering your password.
You should use letters, numbers, mixed case, and “no similar characters”. Punctuation may depend on your web host. Some will not allow characters like “*” in your password. If they will, there is no harm in using that option. Finally, select the quantity of passwords you want to generate at once. The maximum is 50. Then, click “Generate Password(s).
It takes only seconds to generate secure passwords you can use for your web hosting, but it can save you hours of headaches and grief over lost, stolen, or damaged data from a weak password.