Let’s face it. Passwords are dead. Well, no, not really, but it’s an election year so I should be allowed to say anything I want and nobody will pay attention or remember. That’s how it works, right? Actually, passwords should be dead. There’s got to be an easier way to have a secure password that is so complicated it can’t be remembered and therefore isn’t easy to use.
Password generators are a dime a dozen and available everywhere; standalone password apps, within password management apps, free online, inside browsers, and millions of used passwords are available on some Russian websites for a price.
Personally, I like some control over my passwords and that requirement led me to a recent purchase (you’ll spend more on coffee at Starbucks) of a Mac app called, oddly enough, StrongPassword. Except for one thing, this app does absolutely positively everything I want in a long, strong, and secure password.
Take a look at both the length and strength of a password, plus all the controls to make it happen. We’re talking major security geek heaven here.
Use the point and click selection buttons below the Length slider bar to add specific characters, numbers or symbols. You control each one and the Strength meter tells you how strong the password is.
What’s not to like?
Well, just one thing. Those are long, complicated, impossible to remember passwords are better suited to be inserted into password management tools like 1Password or Enpass than they are to be carried around in your head.
What’s missing is a pronounceable password; one that’s both complex, has plenty of upper and lowercase letters, some numbers, but is easier to remember because it can be pronounced. Interestingly enough a Pronounceable Password Generator is available online. Free.
How easy is that? A long, more secure password that also has the benefit of being easier to remember because it’s pronounceable.
That said, passwords are dinosaurs. Apple is moving computing mankind forward with Touch ID fingerprint reader on iPhone and iPad, but it has yet to make it to the Mac. It’s a somewhat passive experience but even that could be improved with a combination of facial recognition, voice recognition, retina scanner, and Touch ID. Sit down in front of your Mac, look at the screen, put your fingers on the right keys on the keyboard, say the voice password, and your Mac gets unlocked.
Now we’re talking secure and easy.