I logged in in order to change my password and I happened to see this thread, which I approve of. I would suggest not just a password generator, but also a password safe. A password safe is a program that allows you to create, organize, and store all your passwords in a single file that is locked with a master password that you should memorize. Every account you have should have a password that is hard and unique. There are several password safes to choose from, but here is the one I use:
KeePass Password Safe
Get familiar and learn the features, such as creating hard passwords with special characters using the built-in password generator, and then cutting passwords from the password safe program to the clipboard and then pasting from the clipboard to the login form in order to log into things.
Important: Make sure you make a backup of your password safe (unless it's through an online service) and never forget your master password!
In addition, pay special attention to your email accounts. If you lose your email account to a hacker, not only will he be able to read correspondence and learn more about your identity, but he may be able to recover passwords from other online accounts. Most of the time, email accounts are lost when a hacker uses the email provider's password recovery tools -- which usually entails security questions and/or backup email.
1. Make sure that your security questions are hard. Don't use a real answer to a common question, especially something on record like "mother's maiden name". For example if the security question is "What is your favorite restaurant?" specify something crazy like "Home Depot", or better yet, a long, meaningless string. Then store the "crazy" answers to the security question in your password safe.
2. If you allow your email password to be recovered using another email account, make sure that email account is just as hard to crack as the first one.
I hope these hints help you protect your privacy!
Many thanks to pilates_fan and Mike Conner for tips, all of which are excellent.
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