Frequently asked questions

Why should I care about password security?

Because it's very easy for non-random passwords to be cracked, and because most of your life is nowadays stored online and is vulnerable. While conventional crime is falling in many countries, online crime is growing year on year. McAfee believes that online crime is now worth $400 billion a year. In 2014, 47% of Americans had their personal data exposed by hackers. Creating one unique random password for each user account is the first step you should be taking to secure your online data

What makes a password strong?

A strong password has many characters (we suggest 15 characters), contains both uppercase and lowercase letters, has numbers (preferably not tacked on the end), should contain symbols, and shouldn't be guessable. We'd advise using a random generator, since a random password is much much more difficult to crack.

Aren't random passwords much more difficult to remember?

We don't suggest you commit the passwords to memory! Most modern browsers will offer to remember passwords for you. Keeping a secure copy of your passwords - maybe a written list or a photo stored offline - should provide you with greater security (remember that nowadays most hacking is done from thousands of miles away, where they can't access a local list). It's important for the password to be random, so it's not easily crackable, and to have a seperate password for every site since every site is at risk of giving your password away if they get cracked.

Do you store the passwords generated by this site?

The passwords aren't created on our servers. They are created locally on your machine, to give you peace of mind that we have no record of what passwords have been generated.

What should I do to protect my password?

Try to avoid entering your password on shared computers. Try not to share your password with anyone else. Never use the same password for more than one site.

For more information and tips try the articles from Ventrus or PC World. For wordpress users try this guide from Fingerprint marketing.

How often should I change my password?

In a perfect world we'd change our passwords very regularly - say once a month. But realistically who has time for that? If we can persuade you to change all your passwords once a year, that would be a step in the right direction.

Should I be concerned about password cracking?

Password cracking works most effectively on passwords that have some guessable elements - surnames, dates of birth, dictionary words etc. If you use our generator at it's default settings (15 characters of alpha upper and lower case, numbers and symbols) then your passwords will be very hard to crack.

Is this site safe?

Yes. This site has not been compromised by any virus or trojan delivery systems. For a live update click the safe web report.

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