WordPass is a plugin that creates word-based passwords for WordPress.
Default random passwords can be difficult to for users to use (and remember – if they don’t change it). WordPass simplifies this process by using words to create passwords.
This plugin works great with the WP-Members Membership Framework, but also works with any plugin that uses the WordPress password generation function. It also works just fine with WordPress alone and will generate passwords in the password area of the WP Dashboard user profile.
WordPass allows you to create a custom list of passwords.
- Random selection from the word list of a single word.
- Word list allows unlimited words.
- Makes words all lowercase, all uppercase, first letter uppercase, or random selection (for best security, use random selection).
- A random number between 1 and 3 digits is added to every password. This number may be split and added as multiple numbers (for example, if the random word selected is sloop, and a 3 digit number is selected, it might be served as 9sloop40.)
- At random, a single special character may be added.
WordPass Pro features
- All of the free version features PLUS:
- Number of words used can be between 1-4 or a random number chosen at random from the word list.
- Default word list includes well over a hundred words to get you started.
- Words can be “leetified” (“leetspeak” is a process of changing certain letters to other symbols, letters, or numbers; for example, “street” might be “$tr33t” in leet). Leet can be turned on or off or be randomly applied.
- Basic leet dictionary included can be filtered to allow custom leet character mapping.
- Number of numbers can be 0-3 digits or random.
- Number of special characters can be 0-3 or random.
- Special characters used can be filtered to allow additional (or removal of) characters.
What about security?
Password security is a critical part of managing WordPress. With so many WordPress sites on the Internet, it is a prime target for hackers.
Hacking WordPress via brute force is not uncommon. Because of this, there are some recommended Best Practices to keep in mind when using WordPass:
- Change the list of words in the plugin’s settings from the default. The longer the words, the better as longer passwords are more secure.
- The longer the list, the better.
- Don’t let the word list become stale. Change the words in the list regularly.
- A two or three word password with random letter case, leetification, numbers, and special characters generated by WordPass Pro can be just as secure as a completely random password but a whole lot easier to remember!