I just wanted to make a good, quick post about two good resources I find myself using quite a bit. The first is an md5 encrypter. It’s a very nice, simple tool that simply converts any string into an md5-encrypted string.
At work, I find myself making a lot of very simple scripts that require me to set up administration areas, but don’t really warrant taking the time to set up online registration, etc. Instead, I simply use the md5 encrypter to encrypt the passwords I want to use, and then I enter those encrypted passwords directly into the database.
The other tool I’ve found myself using quite a bit, for basically the same reasons listed above, is a random password generator. The one I’ve been using the most is presented by PCTools.com. It offers a lot of options, and does a very nice job of generating random, secure passwords. You can find that tool at http://www.pctools.com/guides/password/.