Create Secure Passwords in OS X

In today’s day and age, secure passwords are important as the number of cyber threats are on the rise. While you can use a number of web tools to help you create these passwords, you may be unaware that your Mac can do this for you. If this sounds like it would help you create secure passwords, read on!

Creating Secure Passwords

To begin, launch System Preferences on your Mac. The easiest way to do this is by looking towards the lefthand side of the Apple Toolbar on your Mac. You will see an option labeled with a small Apple logo (). Click on this option and a drop down menu all appear. Look towards the top of this menu and click on the option labeled System Preferences.

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Look towards the bottom of the application, and you will see a header labeled “System”. Directly under this header you will see an option labeled “Users and Groups”. Click on this option.

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Look towards the righthand side of the window. You will see a button labeled “Change Password…”. Click on this button.

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Look towards the top of the menu. You will see an option labeled “New Password”. To the right of this option is an icon that looks like a key. When you click on this option, a popup window will appear.

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Now comes the fun part: selecting a password. If you look towards the top of the menu, you will see an option labeled “Type”. From here you can choose the type of password you would like to use. For instance, you can have a letter or number-only password.

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Once you’ve selected your password type, you can view your password suggestions below by clicking on the arrow which is located next to the “Suggestion” option.

Below this you can change the length of your password by sliding the slider from left to right. Finally, to view your password strength, view the “Quality” option which is located towards the bottom of the menu.

You can now use this new password when signing up for new accounts online or for other purposes. You can enjoy being more secure online!

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