PwGenerator eliminates weak passwords.

In this day and age, security is a must. After finding out that the NSA is spying on everyone, it becomes clear that it’s not just a few who get targeted. It’s everyone. The last time I researched this topic, 60 percent of the population was using weak passwords. Some examples of the most popular weak passwords – password1, qwerty, birthday, or a child’s name. Most people use the same password for everything they do online. This is a big no no. Cable companies are now going through the extra step of setting up routers with passwords on them for customers when setting up new accounts because of how many people would never take five minutes to setup a wireless security key for their routers.

In in late 2002 or early 2003, my friend Chris and I were on the news explaining how we found people in our town were not secure and even how a few financial institutions, like Coldwell Banker, was leaving there WiFi open. Now, businesses have guest networks that separates the main network from the guest network to help keep people from snooping on computers that are not correctly locked down.

PwGenWith all of that said, I want to introduce you to an application for the Mac called PwGenerator. PwGenerator lets you create different passwords for all of your online needs. When first opening the app, you see a slider bar for controlling the length of passwords.

Below that you see security type – Normal, Long, WEP, WPA/WPA2. Each one has its own unique characteristics giving you the best options for security from WiFi keys to everyday account passwords. There is also a settings menu that allows you to change the percentage of Capital letters, Small letters, Digits, and Symbols. If you decide not to use one of the pre checked settings, you can uncheck them. We don’t recommend doing that. The stronger the password is, the less likely you’ll fall victim to someone’s brute force attack. (See drop down to explain cracking and brute force attacks.) At the very bottom of PwGenerator, you will see a green bar. This is the strength meter. It shows you how strong your password is.

From Wikipedia on Cracking Passwords

Attempting to crack passwords by trying as many possibilities as time and money permit, is a brute force attack. A related method, rather more efficient in most cases, is a dictionary attack. In a dictionary attack, all words in one or more dictionaries are tested. Lists of common passwords are also typically tested. Password strength is the likelihood that a password cannot be guessed or discovered, and varies with the attack algorithm used. Passwords easily discovered are termed weak or vulnerable; passwords very difficult or impossible to discover are considered strong. There are several programs available for password attack (or even auditing and recovery by systems personnel) such as L0phtCrack, John the Ripper, and Cain; some of which use password design vulnerabilities (as found in the Microsoft LANManager system) to increase efficiency. These programs are sometimes used by system administrators to detect weak passwords proposed by users. Studies of production computer systems have consistently shown that a large fraction of all user-chosen passwords are readily guessed automatically. For example, Columbia University found 22% of user passwords could be recovered with little effort.[30] According to Bruce Schneier, examining data from a 2006 phishing attack, 55% of MySpace passwords would be crackable in 8 hours using a commercially available Password Recovery Toolkit capable of testing 200,000 passwords per second in 2006.[31] He also reported that the single most common password was password1, confirming yet again the general lack of informed care in choosing passwords among users. (He nevertheless maintained, based on these data, that the general quality of passwords has improved over the years—for example, average length was up to eight characters from under seven in previous surveys, and less than 4% were dictionary words

PwGenerator does not keep your passwords stored like other applications. That part is up to you, but if you would like to create different passwords for everything, you have it in one quick swoop. PwGenerator can save multiple passwords by clicking on action in the finder or just by clicking Command S.PwGen-Menu

When you press “Command S” a window will open asking you to name the file, where to place it, what formate to use – TXT or PDF – and the number of passwords you would like to create. Your document will then be provided with different passwords in which you can use. I really dig how well it’s designed, it looks great and it’s fast.

I’ve been in the tech Industry for a while now, I’ve helped people fix computers, and setup accounts. One thing people seem to have problems with is trying to think of unique passwords. Security is a must. I can’t state that enough and PwGenerator can help you with that. We find with what it does and how well it does it, PwGenerator is a must have app. You can find it in the Mac App Store for $1.99.

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