Can Decide The Composition of Passwords?
As mentioned before, it is necessary for password generators to generate passwords with mixed letters, numbers, and digits. Stars were given from two aspects:
- Can the password generators generate passwords with mixed letters, numbers, and digits?
- Is it easy for users to choose the composition of passwords?
Now, let’s look at these password generators one by one.
Bitwarden: 10 stars
From the screenshot, it was clear that users could easily choose the composition of passwords by clicking the button. Therefore it got ten stars here.
From the screenshot of the password generator of Enpass, we can see that Enpass has the choices of uppercase letters, digits, and symbols. If users need to generate passwords with only numbers, it is no easy to exclude lowercase letters. Therefore it lost two stars here.
(Two more steps are needed to exclude letters in passwords.)
Turn off uppercase letters and symbols.
- There was lowercase letters and digits in passwords. So we needed to tap ‘More Options’, and change the length of digits to the same as the password length by dragging the thumb of the progress bar.
LastPass： 10 stars
From the picture below, it is clear that users can easily choose the composition of passwords by clicking the button. So it got 10 stars here.
Lost three stars for three reasons below.
– Need to choose modes of the password generator.There were three password generator modes(Basic/Expert/Passphrases). When choosing the “Basic” mode, it only generated passwords with letters and digits. Users must change to “Expert” mode when they need special characters.
– Three confusing iconsIt scared us at first sight for its complicated settings, especially the three icons (shown in the screenshot below). It took us quite some time to figure out the three icons.
-“allowed” vs “required”It confused us about the choice “allowed.” If we wanted to use a specific character, why didn’t we just set it as “required”?
So it only got seven stars.
KeePass DX: 9 stars
Needed to choose one more option
If you forgot to choose one more option(“at least one character from each other”) with KeePass DX, it would create passwords without numbers. For example, we chose the contents we wanted (numbers, letters, and special characters). Then we got passwords without numbers?!
Why did we need one more step to declare that we wanted at least one character from each other? Therefore it only got nine here.
KeePass XC: 9 stars
A similar situation could be seen in KeePass DX. Although having chosen the options of special characters, there were no special characters in passwords without choosing “pick characters from every group.”
So it only got nine here.
Zero Password Manager: 10 stars
From the screenshot, it is easy to decide the composition of passwords by just clicking the button quickly