I thought we’d talk about keeping your online accounts safe today. Beach Web Design takes our presence on Twitter seriously. We feel that we are generally respected, and conduct ourselves on the platform as we conduct ourselves in the physical world. In other words, we treat people as we want to be treated, and generally ignore flamers. Sometimes we will call out a company or organization that has let us down in some way, but mostly we provide useful links, sound advice, and compliments when deserved. Actually we don’t tweet a whole lot.
So— What is Your Point???
Recently, Twitter warned me not once, but twice over the course of a week that they thought my account had been compromised. This was very strange, especially since I mostly use two-factor authentication, and I only tweet from the desktop. This generally prevents stupid tweets that run rampant there! Anyway, I made sure the emails were actually from Twitter and since they were, I followed their advice and changed my password twice that week. (This was not just recommended, but required before I could lob back in.)
More on Passwords
This got me to thinking about passwords. I tend to use some very strong passwords. The second time Twitter warned me about account problems, I was using a mixed case, 16 digit, number/letter/symbol that no one could remember, let alone crack in a decent time-frame. This led me to believe that it was something on Twitter’s end and not my own. No I have not researched this matter, as I am way busy with an API, four different website builds, and launching a second company. Anyway— I usually use a password generator website that I won’t mention here. That fact made me ponder that if it wasn’t on Twitter’s end, then it could potentially somehow have been gotten from the website I use to generate them. Unlikely, but entirely possible. So, I decided I would build my own password generator. I actually use the desktop software I built, but the code has been duplicated and added to a new website.
Introducing Password Gold
My online password generator easily creates safe and secure passwords in a single click. The passwords that are created are processed in about thirty different ways, so it’s pretty safe to say that none of them can be easily duplicated! There are a few features right now and if I think of any additional that are really needed, then I will add them when time permits. If you would like to request a feature, contact me, and I will consider it at length. So visit the site and see if you like it. It took about twelve hours to create. (Including coding the desktop application, which I use.) The passwords that are created are pretty ugly, and hard to remember, and there are plenty of ways to create easy to remember passwords that are also strong using a padding pattern, etc. That being said, the passwords that Password Gold create are VERY strong, and as long as you keep them in a text file, a password vault, store them in you browser, etc, whatever, you don’t have to type them in. There’s also some fun notes available on the site, and links to some truly useful websites regarding passwords and security. I hope you find the site as useful as I do.
Thanks, and enjoy!