How Password Chameleon works
Here is detailed information about how it works, in case you're curious, geeky or cautious.
Passwords are generated every time you need them
Password Chameleon uses a technique called "hashing" to combine your secret password with the address of the site and produce your password.
- Passwords are never saved.
- There is no database of passwords that could be hacked.
Encryption and encoding
Password Chameleon uses SHA-1 encryption to generate each password.
SHA-1 is a cryptographic hash function designed by the United States National Security Agency.
- A "hash" is generated from your secret password and the site name using SHA-1.
- If someone finds out one of your passwords, they cannot "work backwards" to discover your secret password.
Passwords are 10 character, 64-bit sequences.
- Passwords are 10 characters long.
- There are 64 different characters that can appear in your passwords.
- Passwords are made up of letters, numbers and punctuation marks. You'll always get at least one of each.
- The passwords are rated "very secure" by all password checkers we have tested.
Made for humans
You're only human. We get that.
- Passwords do not contain easily confused characters, such as 0 and O.
- Site names are not case sensitive, because iPads and smartphones sometimes try to capitalise things for you at awkward moments.
- When you paste a full site address into one of our apps, it shortens the address for you automatically.
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