Basic password generator

Generate passwords and save them to a file with this simple tool that covers only the basics.

Internet security is a priority for many users no matter how secretive their surfing. Hackers, with advanced password decoding software, are a major concern for many. Password Generator offers an opportunity to stay a step ahead of these predators, but we found a navigation flaw that was frustrating.

The program opens with a simple-to-navigate wizard that takes users through the steps of building a secure password. Users begin by entering standard password parameters, such as number of characters in the word, use of vowels, consonants, special characters and numbers. As these boxes are selected an example at the bottom changes to reflect what possible choices will look like. Beyond this, users choose how many passwords the program generates and whether to save them into a file. The main screen displays the resulting passwords in a simple list. Above this are a series of buttons that regenerate passwords and save them to folders. The trial version limits you to five passwords.

Password Generator displays each password's security strength, which is a nice addition. However, we found it difficult and almost frustrating navigating back to the original password wizard to alter variables for a new set of passwords. It was found buried deep in the File menu and an icon on the main screen would have been nice. While Password Generator gets the job done, this is a field crowded with similar programs that offer more features or come free of charge. We suggest users check out Password Generator's competition before making the decision to buy.

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