How to Make Super Secure Passwords Easily with One Command

We all know when it comes to security, a secure password is always the most important thing. However remembering a complex password is always the toughest part anywhere. Especially when it comes to being a system administrator, our passwords are usually the most vital of anyone in the company. When it comes to telling people they need complex passwords, what always comes to mind is this xkcd comic about passwords.

password_strength

As the bottom text suggests we have come to the point where it’s hard for us to remember passwords, but easy for computers to guess. So what’s the solution? Well what I do as a GNU/Linux person is use the command already built in to generate super secure passwords using the sha1sum, sha224sum, sha256sum, sha384sum, and sha512sum commands.

First off pick a random word or phrase. Now remember capitalization, spaces, and such will always effect the sum spit out. let’s start with sha1sum which is the shortest, and using the word “password” as our example throughout this tutorial

echo "password" | sha1sum
c8fed00eb2e87f1cee8e90ebbe870c190ac3848c

So we see using the word “password” it spits out the sha1sum of the word, and we now have a very complex password. Now let’s try it with SHA256

echo "password" | sha256sum
6b3a55e0261b0304143f805a24924d0c1c44524821305f31d9277843b8a10f4e

So you see as we increase the strength of the sha256sum, the output sum is longer, and with a longer password comes even more security. Now let’s try SHA512

echo "password" | sha512sum
9151440965cf9c5e07f81eee6241c042a7b78e9bb2dd4f928a8f6da5e369cdffdd2b70c70663ee30d02115731d35f1ece5aad9b362aaa9850efa99e3d197212a

So now we see the output is incredibly long and complex. This is a great way to make incredibly secure passwords.

 

 

Author: Alon Ganon

I serve as a technology research associate for DTG3D. I am a technology specialist, very focused on understanding the details and applications of new technology trends. With a background in Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and FreeBSD operating systems, I provide practical approaches to the integration of new technology into an IT and general business environment. I am currently is involved in the analysis of augmented and virtual reality systems. I also spend my free time advocating for freedom in software, and in all facets of our life. I have been working on computers since I was 4 years old under my father's company DTG3D. I built my first computer at 7 years old, and I am primarily self taught and self trained in regards to the majority of his IT skills due to decades of being surrounded by technology everyday. My philosophy is, "You are not dead, until you stop learning."

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