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How to choose a secure password

how to choose a secure password

Introduction

When it comes to online security passwords play a serious role and are vital to protecting your identity in today’s ever changing world. Creating random secure passwords however is not always simple especially when you have lots of different online accounts to manage.

Getting started

That’s why I created SmartPass a simple free utility you can download which will automatically generate complex random passwords for you.

To get started click the button below to download SmartPass to your computer, SmartPass is freeware and currently supports Windows versions starting from Windows XP and requires no other dependencies.

How to choose a secure password

The general rule of thumb when choosing secure passwords for your online accounts is to use the following:

  • Lower case letters
  • Upper case letters
  • Numbers & symbols
  • A length of approximately 20 characters in total

SmartPass uses the above factors to randomly generate such passwords almost instantly saving you the trouble of coming up with something unique which you may have already used before on another account.

Installing SmartPass

Once you download the file using the above link open it and follow the prompts to install it, this will create a new shortcut on your desktop. Upon launch you should be greeted with the following command-line interface.

SmartPass splashscreen

At this point you are asked whether you wish to create a new password or just use the one you have which you can copy and paste into a text document or website form.

Conclusion

Choosing complex, unique and secure passwords does take effort and is especially important as we become more connected online hopefully SmartPass can help make this process a little easier.