Tools and tricks to create a different password for each site, easy to remember or managed automatically by a program
However, since it is difficult to remember every different password that is used for Facebook, Google, email accounts, the bank and so on, we need help that allows us to always generate a secure password but which, at the same time, we can memorize, perhaps on the cloud (obviously using high encryption techniques).
In this post we will show you in fact how to generate a strong password for all websites, without running the risk of forgetting it and thus losing access to the service.
How to generate secure passwords
The number one rule is to never use the same password on multiple sites (and this is now obvious), but with hundreds of passwords we could struggle to remember everything! So let’s see the best tools that we can combine with our web browser or smartphone to always have passwords with us and, when registering a new account, have a strong and difficult password guess generator for a hacker.
We have spoken to you on several occasions about LastPass, a free service useful for storing all passwords protecting them with a single large password, which in fact becomes the only one to remember.
We can integrate LastPass on all modern web browsers, by downloading the specific extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge; to be able to keep the passwords behind, we can also install apps dedicated to Android and iPhone / iPad devices.
Once integrated LastPass everywhere, we can use the robust password generator by clicking on the extension icon at the top and using the voice Generate secure password.
The generated password will be immediately saved in the online database, we will only have to associate it with a site or service that we have just subscribed to or on which we have changed the old password.
LastPass will also show the icon to generate the secure password even during the registration form for a service: in the fields Password is Repeat the password we will find a small padlock with an arrow that turns on it, which in fact allows you to generate a new secure password on the fly for the site we are about to sign up for.
Password generator built into Google Chrome
The Google Chrome browser integrates a secure password generator that we can use every time we sign up for a site or change passwords on a site we are already registered for. To be able to use it, open the browser on our computer or phone, press the three dots at the top right, press Log in is we sync our Google account. After doing this we go to the screen for creating a new account or to the screen where to enter the new password for a site, press on the password text box and use the password indicated next to the item Use the suggested password.
If we do not see the password field appear, we can always press the right button on the password entry field and press on the item Suggest password.
All the passwords used will be immediately saved within the Google Chrome account, protected from any indiscreet eye and ready to use as soon as we access the new site.
If we do not want to use any site or online platform to save passwords to access our sites (especially banking ones), we can rely on a functioning offline and free program such as KeePass.
Once the program is installed on our computer, we create a new local database and, when we need a new password, we press up on Tools -> Generate Password.
In the window that we will see we can generate new passwords in a simple way, also choosing which elements it should contain.
To learn more, we recommend you read our guide Best free password manager: Keepass.
How to generate strong and all different passwords without apps and generators
A very clever trick to create passwords without using any external service and without programs it is instead suggested by Mozilla.
We can in fact generate a password for each site, thinking of a familiar phrase like, for example, “May the force be with you“, shortening it to clfsct. To this word, we add two special characters both on the right and on the left to make it stronger: (for example it becomes $ clfsct!).
This becomes the main password that can be changed, for each site, by adding the three initial letters of the account to which you are registered, as a suffix or prefix. For example, the example password could become $ Clfsct! FAC for Facebook $ Clfsct! GOO for Google $ Clfsct! YAH for Yahoo and so on. Thus, the basic password always remains the same and, in each site, only the prefix or suffix changes, depending on the domain name.
The password becomes easy to remember for all sites and most importantly it is practically impossible to steal (which is possible with weak passwords, as seen in the guide to techniques to steal passwords on the internet).
A variant of this trick, if you want something simpler, is to choose an invented master word, for example Pomwer (put a capital letter always), and then add a different letter and number for each password created. For example for Google it becomes PomwerG1 for Facebook PomwerF2 and so on.
Generating a robust but also easy to remember password is feasible, we will only have to use one of the services or apps seen above or use the trick suggested by Mozilla, so as to quickly generate passwords based on phrases that are easy to invent and that we can quickly customize for each website, so as to avoid attacks by hackers.
To increase security when we are at the PC or when we use the same password already used on other sites, we recommend you read our guide Password warning compromised or already used by Google.
If we fear that our password on Facebook may be compromised or stolen, we intervene immediately by reading the suggestions seen in the guide Avoid getting your Facebook password and account theft stolen.