Creating strong passwords with password generator on Windows


In this tutorial we’ll take a look at how to generate strong passwords using the password generator. Always keep in mind that your passwords are the first line of defense against cyber criminals.

Best practices

Let's summarize some best practices for strong and smart passwords:

  • Use a unique password for each of your accounts
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters
  • Create a password that is hard for others to guess—Sticky Password does this for you
  • Make sure your password recovery options* are up-to-date and secure
  • Change your passwords regularly - follow the guidelines on each site you use and always avoid predictable patterns
  • Protect your passwords by storing them in Sticky Password’s encrypted database

Extra tip for recovery questions

A couple of suggestions for good password recovery questions—when given a choice, don’t use the standard questions (like ‘what’s your mother’s maiden name?’) that can easily be answered by someone who knows something about you.

Another way to make it harder for bad guys to misuse your password recovery questions is to use answers that don’t make sense, but that only you will know.

For example, for the question "what elementary school did you attend?", you might use "pizzeria" as a response—this wouldn't be an answer that someone who found out what school you went to would try.

And the good news is that you can store your responses to these and other security questions in Sticky Password.

Generating strong passwords during registration

Sticky Password prompts you to create a strong password when it detects password fields on online registration forms.

Let's say you’re signing up for a new Gmail account. (Verify that Sticky Password is running and unlocked on your computer or device). The password generator bubble appears automatically next to the password field. Click Generate Password. Sticky Password offers to generate a strong password.

Sticky Password will create a strong password for you and enter it in the Create a password and the Confirm your Password fields automatically.

Advanced options for your password

Sticky Password allows you to manually change the settings for the password generator like password length (we recommend using at least 12 characters), and characters that will be included.

Click Advanced options to see more password settings: upper/lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Remember, the longer your password is, and the more different characters a password has, the stronger it is.

Click Generate Password to let Sticky Password create a strong password for you and insert to in the Create a password and the Confirm your Password fields automatically. Sticky Password generator advanced options.

Both the password and the confirmation password fields will be filled in with the new strong password. Both password fields are prefilled.

Accessing the password generator whenever you need it

You don’t need to be registering on a website to access the password generator. Whenever you need to generate a strong password, simply click the Sticky Password icon in the notification area in the lower right corner of your monitor and select Password generator. Password generator in the systray menu

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