Secure, Random Passwords with SuperGenPass

In my never ending quest to secure my identity on the Internet, I came across an interesting bookmarklet by the name of SuperGenPass (SGP). Created by Chris Zarate, this snippet (alright, it’s a bit larger than a ‘snippet’) of JavaScript allows you to generate secure, domain-specific, “random” passwords on the fly with only a few clicks.

Using your master password, this bookmarklet uses a one-way MD5 hash in order to generate a secure alpha-numeric password that will give your typical dictionary and brute-force password crackers a mighty big headache. Due to the nature of the hashing, your master password cannot be discovered by reverse engineering your generated, domain-specific password. Perhaps best of all, consistently using this ‘tool’ drastically reduces the need to remember a bevy of passwords used to access the four corners of the Internet. With additional perks such as phishing protection and over 1,000 top-level domains supported, SGP sure seems to have promise.

All of this seems fantastic, but I must admit that I am adverse to adding additional clicks to my browsing experience. Though SGP touts only two additional clicks (one for password generation and one for population), that is two clicks too many for me.

This set of instructions will demonstrate how to implement the fantastic features of SGP with the ease of a keyboard shortcut.

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