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Generate Secure Passwords With Pwgen

Jan 25, 2011, 17:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"Coming up with good passwords is never easy. One of my favorite tools for creating secure passwords is Password Generator, also known as pwgen, a utility that generates random (but pronounceable) passwords.

"Password Generator is a utility written by Ted Ts'o, whom you may remember from such open source projects as the Linux kernel's Ext4 filesystem. Long before Ext4 was on the scene though, T'so hacked together this GPL'ed password generator that creates strong passwords -- with a helpful twist. The passwords created by pwgen are also meant to be easily memorized. When you use pwgen in its default mode, it creates a password that should be "pronounceable." That doesn't mean it will be a word, but it will have strings of characters you can wrap your tongue around to make it easier to memorize. Let's look at a few examples from its default output:"

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