Auto Generate Password

by Safe Password Management on May 15, 2012

Auto generating passwords is probably the easiest way to generate secure, hard to break passwords. This presumes that you have a good system for remembering all these passwords b/c they’re not going to be easy to remember by themselves. On this site, you’ll find a tool to auto generate passwords. As you can see, the result will be a very high quality password (something like ozh37KoWNtv1d2KsHqXp) but not necessarily easy to remember. Auto generating passwords allows you to create random passwords that are highly secure and extremely difficult to crack or guess due to an optional combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and punctuation symbols.

You can see these options in the screen shot below. Some systems do not allow certain kinds of characters. In fact, some poorly designed systems ignore upper and lower case. In the example below, you can auto generate a secure password of any length using a combination of characters that your system allows.

Auto Generate Password screen shot

Remember, if you’re going to auto-generate your passwords, then you’ll want a good system to store/manage your passwords. We’ve talked about storing passwords in a previous post. You might want to check out that post too.

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For network administrators, say for windows networks, you can auto generate secure passwords for your users. In order to instruct Windows to automatically generate a password randomly and set it as the new password for a user account, follow these steps:

Open a command prompt window. In Windows Vista or Windows 7, the command prompt has to have elevated administrator privileges.

Run the following command,net user <user name> /random
Replace <user name> with the actual user account name to have a new random password, for example,
net user johnson /random

A relatively secure, strong and random 8-character password would be display on screen, and automatically set as the new password for the user account specified. User has to use the new randomly generated password to sign in to Windows, so remember the new password.

If not satisfied with the auto generated password, just repeat the command to get a new random password.

Other network systems feature similar auto generated password functions too.

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