Create strong, but easy to remember password

read -s pass; echo $pass | md5sum | base64 | cut -c -16
Why remember? Generate! Up to 48 chars, works on any unix-like system (NB: BSD use md5 instead of md5sum)
Sample Output

By: bugmenot
2011-11-24 20:23:47

What Others Think

Indeed! Now just create a browser extension to provide this feature transparently for users :-)
unixmonkey4200 · 512 weeks and 5 days ago
@ unixmonkey4200: This is already done. Or as a bookmarklet:
michelsberg · 512 weeks and 5 days ago
You should "unset pass" at the end of the commandline. This will remove the cedential from the environment.
f4m8 · 512 weeks and 5 days ago
echo -n "$pass" !!!
bandie91 · 512 weeks and 4 days ago
Easy to remember how?
Strawp · 512 weeks and 2 days ago
@Strawp I believe the idea is to enter your "easy to remember" password after having entered the command. After hitting enter again, you will be given the "strong password" that should actually be put into use. So, you will need to use this to retrieve the "strong password" every time you wish to log in... or memorize it :-)
tshack · 512 weeks and 1 day ago nuf said
kaji · 506 weeks and 5 days ago
@kaji in an idea world yes, unfortunately in the real world systems do stupid things like forbid spaces and limit your password length to only a handful of characters, in which case this makes for as strong a password as you can manage, though it still doesn't have a way to handle "special requirements" like "must include numbers/upper/lower/special characters".
kevingranade · 506 weeks and 5 days ago
I like this approach. Very elegant. However, provides strong passwords, and all you need to remember is starting location, direction and length of the password. Regardless, this is sexy.
atoponce · 506 weeks and 2 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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