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Password management

Don’t re-use passwords; that would be stupid.

To avoid password embarrassments, read this helpful intro to password managers from Mozilla.

Now, the solution is easy because we’re in the future and there are many options to manage passwords across your various computing platforms…

…I’m KIDDING; it’s an acrimonious clusterfuck.

Password management should be simple and follow Unix philosophy. With pass, each password lives inside of a gpg encrypted file whose filename is the title of the website or resource that requires the password. These encrypted files may be organized into meaningful folder hierarchies, copied from computer to computer, and, in general, manipulated using standard command line file management utilities.

pass makes managing these individual password files extremely easy. All passwords live in ~/.password-store, and pass provides some nice commands for adding, editing, generating, and retrieving passwords. It is a very short and simple shell script. It’s capable of temporarily putting passwords on your clipboard and tracking password changes using git.

It’s disconcertingly freeform, but allows for integration, if you don’t mind using various less-scrutinized bits of code. Also it leaves various metadata (website URLs) in plain sight, which may or may not be what you expect from a confidential data manager

You can choose from, e.g.

Generating passwords