Managing passwords II

PasswordMaker is a clever solution to the problem of managing passwords. Instead of storing passwords for each web site, you use their software to generate a unique password for each site. The idea is quite simple: use a master password and a one-way hash function to turn the URL of a site into the password for that site. For each site, this generates the same password each time. Each site has a different password, but you only have one password to remember.

You don’t have to use the URL. You can come up with any string you want to identify a context where you need a password. But the URL is a natural choice.

The software comes in many variations: browser-based, command line, etc.

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One comment on “Managing passwords II
  1. John Venier says:

    I’d worry about changes to the URL — unless it only uses the domain?