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Keeping your online accounts safe and secure can be tough. Each one needs a strong password, and with the ever present risk of a service getting compromised 3 Reasons Why The Ashley Madison Hack Is A Serious Affair 3 Reasons Why The Ashley Madison Hack Is A Serious Affair The Internet seems ecstatic about the Ashley Madison hack, with millions of adulterers' and potential adulterers' details hacked and released online, with articles outing individuals found in the data dump. Hilarious, right? Not so fast. Read More , you don’t want to use the same password in more than one place.

One approach is to install a password manager The Best Password Managers for Android Compared The Best Password Managers for Android Compared Passwords are hard to remember, and it's insecure to only have a few passwords memorized. Let these apps keep your passwords strong and secure! Read More that can generate and store passwords for each of your sites. But then you have to trust a third-party with your information or leave a physical copy saved on your computer. That leaves some of us feeling apprehensive. Fortunately there are still ways to generate strong passwords without relying on an online service, and with some of the apps below, you don’t have to deal with finding ways to store your passwords either.

1. Random Password Generator

Looking for the basics? Go no further. Random Password Generator will spit out a password that you can copy to your clipboard. The default string contains 15 characters consisting of letters, numbers, and symbols. You can toggle whether to use uppercase and lowercase, remove numbers or symbols, and adjust the length in order to meet the various requirements different sites have. You can even insert spaces.

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Unlike other apps in this round-up, you can create passwords containing hundreds of characters. On the downside, there’s no way to recall strings after you’ve created them the first time. Since there’s a low likelihood of you committing these to memory, you’re left having to jot things down or find a password manager.

That said, Random Password Generator is immediately intuitive and doesn’t have any ads or in-app purchases. This makes it worth checking out, but there’s one caveat. The app comes with two permissions, Internet and Access Network State. The developer says this is to collect analytics for improving future releases. Fortunately with the app having no way of knowing where you use the passwords it generates, even this is a minor concern.

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Download: Random Password Generator for Android (Free)

2. Password Creator

Password Creator is an option for folks who must have more of that material design Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, but to get the full effect, you need apps that stay true to the Material Design philosophy. We can help you find the best of them. Read More . But the experience isn’t all about looks. This app gives you a fair degree of control over whether you use only letters, numbers, symbols, or any combination of the three. Passwords can be up to 25 characters long.

Despite the name, Password Creator is also a password manager. This means you don’t have the same issue as the previous app. On the other hand, this app locks down all of your passwords under a master key of your choice, and you have to re-enter this every time you open the app. Since I have no interest in the password manager portion, I found this instantly annoying. The app was made even more aggravating by the need to re-enter my master key every time I switched between screens or tried to change settings.

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The password generating portion of the app is entirely free, and there are no ads. The full version costs a dollar and provides the ability to save an unlimited number of passwords, a feature you’re welcome to disregard.

Download: Password Creator for Android (Free with in-app purchases)

3. Passera

Passera is a password generator that is entirely free and open source 12 Best Free and Open Source Android Apps 12 Best Free and Open Source Android Apps Are you an open source enthusiast? Then you'll love these apps for your Android phone or tablet. Read More . The app takes a passphrase, such as a website name or some other hint, and spawns lengthy passwords of up to 64 characters long. The default number is 16, but you can change this to a number that feels comfortable.

Then you copy the generated password into your clipboard to paste into an app, or you show the characters on screen. The latter helps you avoid having your passwords stored in your clipboard, while the former saves you the frustration of typing out that many characters on a tiny touchscreen keyboard.

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Passera’s use of a passphrase saves you from having to jot down the password you generate. Come up with a different, memorable phrase for each website and then let the app recall the same complex string of letters each time. Someone would have to be aware that you’re using Passera, know your passphrase, and select the same number of characters in order to come up with the same code.

The app is cross-platform, so you may want to install a version on your desktop so you’re not entirely dependent on the Android app. A command line tool is available on GitHub for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can find a Firefox extension there as well.

Passera is not available in the Play Store. To get the app on your Android device, you have to rely on F-Droid instead Want to Rid Yourself of the Android Play Store? Kiss Google Goodbye and Try F-Droid Want to Rid Yourself of the Android Play Store? Kiss Google Goodbye and Try F-Droid Did you know that Android allows the installation of app stores other than the Play Store? You might already use apps from the Amazon Appstore and GetJar—but you probably never heard that a completely free,... Read More .

Download: Passera for Android (Free)

4. Hash It!

If coming up with a unique passphrase for each site requires too much mental energy, Hash It is a similar alternative that may require less work. Simply enter the site you want to create a password for along with a master key of your choice. The app will generate a password based on both inputs.

To compare, entering twitter or amazon as passphrases in Passera without changing the default character length would generate identical passwords for everyone who used this same approach, which is why the developer recommends creating something extra like MyFancyTwitterPassword and MyFancyAmazonPassword to reduce the likelihood that someone would come up with the same phrase. In Hash It, you can simply enter twitter or amazon along with your super secret password to come up with a unique key for both sites. As long as someone isn’t entering the same super secret password, the app will generate different codes.

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Hash It is another free and open source option available in F-Droid, but you can also get this one on Google Play. Either way you go, you don’t have to deal with ads. And for cross-platform support, install the Password Hasher extension for Firefox and or the Private Key extension of Password Hasher Plus for Google Chrome.

Download: Hash It! for Android (Free on F-Droid | Google Play)

How Do You Create Passwords?

You can try using the Internet without needing to create a password, but you won’t get very far. You need a system for coming up with unique phrases, otherwise you will be left having to change the password for all of your accounts every time one is compromised. Depending on who accessed your account, they may change your passwords and lock you out faster than you can react. It’s better to be pro-active. At the very least, make sure your password is as strong as it can be 7 Password Mistakes That Will Likely Get You Hacked 7 Password Mistakes That Will Likely Get You Hacked The worst passwords of 2015 have been released, and they're quite worrying. But they show that it's absolutely critical to strengthen your weak passwords, with just a few simple tweaks. Read More .

Do you remember all of your passwords in your head? Would you consider a password manager essential? Do you use one password everywhere? Don’t be too shy to speak up in the comments.

  1. Pradip Shah
    February 19, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Regardless of the application used there has to be method available whereby one can save the whole shebang in plain text form to be printed out and kept safely.

  2. Kevin Reynolds
    February 19, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Diceware!

    http://world.std.com/~reinhold/diceware.html

    Really lazy types won't like it but if you want unbreakable passwords, get out the dice

  3. Howard Blair
    February 18, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    What about KeePass? Although it's kind of old, KeePass is still a good program to generate, remember, protect, and enter passwords *for* you. It's no good to create random passwords that you can never remember...

  4. raj.lath
    February 18, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Its just unpractical how these password generator create complicated password.
    We are supposed to enter our password at least daily once in some place or other how is one supposed to remember them .
    Using password utility makes having a complicated password vulnerable .
    I think best way to go about it create a 8 letter word that have uppercase, lowercase, punctuation mark , digit at lease once . Connect them in some way you can remember it easily and you are done .Long complicated password are for stuff like database server , admin panels not for general users like you and me

    • Howard Blair
      February 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Too many passwords like you describe can be hacked. You need not only a password generator, but a password *store* that will enter them for you, and keep them secure.

    • Gilbert J.
      February 21, 2016 at 12:15 am

      @ raj.lath: Please tell me you're joking! That's a recipe for weak, easy to crack passwords.
      If you are not joking, please explain how using a password utility makes having a complicated password vulnerable.

      • raj.lath
        February 21, 2016 at 2:41 am

        I did not say having a complicated password makes them vulnerable. All i wanted to emphasis is if you do use a password utility to store all your complicated password
        you have a store that has all your passwords and all it needed is to get its store cracked and get passwords besides ultimately you have to have a complicated password needed to use this utility and you have to remember this complicated password or do we need another store to store this password.
        If at all you think my recipe for password is weak i would rather consider making password longer like having a 16 char password that is rather easy to remember rather then have a 16 char password that is too difficult to remember.

  5. JBB
    February 18, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I've used LastPass for years, with a strong passphrase to guard my other passwords. But here's something new and neat:
    Since my Android is rooted, I installed Bluetooth++ and True Mouse/KB, which lets me use the tablet as a remote keyboard and mouse over bluetooth to my PC. It's as secure as a bluetooth keyboard, no app to install on the PC, just pair it like any other bluetooth device.
    I emailed the developer a request, and within a week a 'paste' button was added to the True Mouse/KB app.
    Now I use LastPass to select a password for the site I want, click the 'copy' button in LastPass, click the 'paste' button in True Mouse/KB, and my ridiculously long hideously complex password is typed into the computer for me.
    And it even works for sites/apps that disabled the 'paste' function "for security purposes."

  6. Rudi Pittman
    February 17, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Was there a particular reason keepass which existed long before most of these wasn't included on the list?

    https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=com.android.keepass

    I believe it's also on google play.

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