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    Password Generator

    Hi all!

    Can anyone recommend a reliable and secure password generator? Preferrably, freeware - but I'm willin' to part w/ ducets if the product is good.

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    Re: Password Generator

    I wrote a rather simple spreadsheet in Lotus (123R5W) to generate random passwords, mixing alpha and numeric characters to meet our restrictive set of password protocols. It uses a Lotus command macro (not VBA) to recalculate (re-randomize?) each position; formulas to compare the results to the password protocol criteria; and loops until it has a list of 18 different passwords that are ready to use.

    It's not a perfect solution, but it does work. I hope to translate it into Excel VBA at some point, and expand it somewhat, but if you want it as is you can have it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Password Generator

    I wouldn't mind looking at that David if you'd be so kind to post it here.

    I'm always looking for ways to get my users to use a password, other than "password".
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Password Generator

    <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>
    Because our users have to have at least one, or should that be 1, numeric character the most common here is 696969. And the users wonder how I can guess it! <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Password Generator

    Here is the file. The rules that the generator uses are: Adjacent digits are not allowed; Characters cannot be repeated; Character position cannot be the same as the last password. The 6-character passwords this generates have letters in positions 1, 2 ,4 and 5, a number in position 6, and either a number or letter in position 3. No consideration is given for upper/lower cases. Special characters may make this more secure, but they are generally more difficult to remember. I am working on a generator for longer, more complex passwords, but again it will be in Lotus (though converted to VBA at some point).
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    Re: Password Generator

    Thanks David... I'll check this out.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Password Generator

    Not that I can personally recommend anything, but a search on Google for 'password generator' throws up zillions, including some freebies.

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    Re: Password Generator

    I've tried some of the ones that you can get off the Net, but they (the ones I've tried) don't work the way I expected them to.

    This Lotus file from David sounds like something we've been trying to do at work, so I think we'll take a look.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Password Generator

    I've been delving into cryptography in recent weeks.

    It's not that simple to write a proper password generator.

    You need to use a TRUE random number generator, not the usual one supplied wit hproducts.

    A really great intro is Cryptography Decrypted by Mel and Baker.

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    Re: Password Generator

    Here is a Excel Password Generator that I've been using for awhile. A fellow IT wrote it and posted it to another forum that I frequent.

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