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Tip: generating a good password with Mac OS X

Today I needed to generate a good password for a special site. I remember I saw a tool to do that and I could not remember where.

After some searching, here is the deal:

Password Assistant
  • open System Preferences and select the Accounts preference pane;
  • select your account from the list, and click Change Password button. Don't worry, you don't need to really change your password;
  • Click the small key icon next to the New Password text field. A new panel, Password Assistant, will open. You can now close the change password window by clicking Cancel;
  • In the Password Assistant, chose the preferred type of password you want, and check the sugestions. You can also type your own desired password and see how strong it is by looking at the colored bar. In this case, bigger and green is better.

That's it.