PWGen is a powerful tool for automatically generating very secure passwords or passphrases.
Why use this? Because the usual alternative is to enter simple words or letter patterns, like "football" or "qwerty" - simple for you to remember, but just as easy for hackers to guess. Use something like "hFMhMdgvQMuatqDm" instead, say, and there's precisely no chance of anyone figuring it out.
Of course you wouldn't remember that, either, but you could always save these passwords in a password manager. Or you can generate passphrases, like "even gassy aura rattle phase", which are definitely more memorable.
Whatever you want PWGen to generate, it won't take long to make it happen. In a click or two you can choose to create passwords or passphrases, select the number of words or characters, even the number of passwords or passphrases you want to create, and then clicking Generate will produce your results instantly.
And the underlying technology is unusually secure. There's nothing written to the Registry, even the program's memory is cleared before it closes down, so there's no chance that anyone accessing the system after you could discover the password you've generated: PWGen is very safe to use.
- new "Advanced" password options "Each character/word must occur only once"; for formatted passwords, this option can be activated by specifying an asterisk (*) symbol between the "%" character and the format specifier; e.g., "%*16A" inserts 16 unique alphanumeric characters
- in formatted passwords, a number range in the form "x-y" can be specified to insert a random number between x and y of random characters from a character set; e.g., "%5-10L" inserts at least 5 and at most 10 random letters
- new "Provide Additional Entropy" window with a text box where you can enter or paste any text (preferably from volatile, non-static sources containing a certain amount of randomness), which is compressed to roughly estimate its entropy content and then added to the random pool
- beginning with this version, PWGen will display a checksum of the setup file (PWGen-xxx-setup.exe) in the update notification message box (i.e., when a new version is available)
PWGen provides an easy and effective way to create multiple secure passwords