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=== What browsers/platforms are supported? ===
=== What browsers/platforms are supported? ===
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*The extension works with some of the most popular [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gecko_(layout_engine) Gecko] based web browsers, including: [http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ Firefox], [http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/ SeaMonkey], [http://www.mozilla.org/products/mozilla1.x/ Mozilla Suite], [http://www.flock.com/ Flock] and [http://browser.netscape.com/ Netscape].
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The extension works with Firefox, Mozilla, and Netscape on Windows, Mac, and Linux/Unix. An Internet Explorer extension is currently being developed. The on-line version works with all browsers (including Internet Explorer and Opera) on all platforms. The desktop version is written in QT/C++ and works on Windows, Mac, and Linux/Unix (Actually, any place that QT can be compiled on). The J2ME version (also coming soon) works on any Java-enabled mobile phone or PDA.
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*There was a beta version of PasswordMaker for Internet Explorer 6 and 7, but it was never finished, and is [http://forums.passwordmaker.org/index.php/topic,884.0.html no longer maintained]. It is highly unlikely that there will be any further development on it, unless a sponsor steps forward. If you are interested in sponsoring the Internet Explorer version, please feel free to post a message on the [http://forums.passwordmaker.org/ user forums] and someone will get in touch with you to see if an arrangement can be made.
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*There is an [http://passwordmaker.org/passwordmaker.html online version] that works with all browsers (including Internet Explorer and Opera) on all platforms.
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*The desktop version is written in [http://trolltech.com QT/C++] and works on [http://www.windows.com Windows], [http://www.apple.com Mac], and Linux/Unix (Actually, any place that QT can be compiled on). The [http://forums.passwordmaker.org/index.php/topic,1376.msg1280429.html#msg1280429 J2ME version] will work on any Java-enabled mobile phone or PDA.
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=== If someone gets my master password, can't he determine all of my generated passwords? ===
=== If someone gets my master password, can't he determine all of my generated passwords? ===
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* when l33t-speak was applied (if at all)
* when l33t-speak was applied (if at all)
Of course, the URLs of the sites must also be known since they are used in password calculation. Probably the most interesting of these variables is character set because it gives you the flexibility to determine precisely which characters can and can't be included in generated passwords.
Of course, the URLs of the sites must also be known since they are used in password calculation. Probably the most interesting of these variables is character set because it gives you the flexibility to determine precisely which characters can and can't be included in generated passwords.
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=== How do the account-settings and algorithm I choose work together to generate passwords? ===
 
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If you've selected a non-HMAC hash function (those without the HMAC prefix), passwords are generated using the following pseudocode:
 
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password = mp + usingURL + username + modifier<br>
 
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password = leet(password, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
 
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password = hash(password, charset)<br>
 
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password = leet(password, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
 
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password = truncate(prefix + password, length-suffix_length) + suffix<br>
 
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password = truncate(password, length)
 
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data = usingURL + username + modifier<br>
 
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mp = leet(mp, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
 
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data = leet(data, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
 
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password = hmac_hash(mp, data, charset)<br>
 
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password = leet(password, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
 
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password = truncate(prefix + password, length-suffix_length) + suffix<br>
 
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truncate(password, length)
 
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Where + is the concatenation operator. mp is the master password, usingURL is the value in "Using URL", and username, counter, prefix, and suffix are optional settings specified in the Account Settings dialog. For HMAC hash functions, mp is the secret key and data is the input text.
 
=== Where is my master password stored? ===
=== Where is my master password stored? ===
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=== Do you provide technical support? ===
=== Do you provide technical support? ===
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Yes! Free technical support is provided on the [http://forums.passwordmaker.org/ user forums], with a response time often measured in minutes, but typically never more than 24 hours.
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Yes! Free technical support is provided on the [http://forums.passwordmaker.org/ Forums], with a response time typically less than 24 hours.
=== Where can I find an explanation of each and every feature and function? ===
=== Where can I find an explanation of each and every feature and function? ===
Right here!
Right here!
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=== Do you accept Feature Requests? ===
 
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Yes, absolutely! Feature requests from people who actually use PasswordMaker is one of the reasons PasswordMaker has a lot of the functionality it now has!
 
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Our [http://forums.passwordmaker.org user forums] are the best place to get support, and the [http://forums.passwordmaker.org/index.php/topic,167.msg521113.html#msg521113 Feature Request List] is the place to make your desires known.
 
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Please read through all of the existing [http://forums.passwordmaker.org/index.php/topic,167.msg521113.html#msg521113 Feature Requests] before posting, because it is very possible that someone else has already done it for you. If so, then by all means post a request to add your vote to it, and any other Feature Requests that sound attractive to you.
 
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Each registered user gets 5 votes, so please feel free to stop by and add your votes now!
 
=== How is PasswordMaker licensed? ===
=== How is PasswordMaker licensed? ===
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== Firefox / Gecko edition ==
== Firefox / Gecko edition ==
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=== Is there an Internet Explorer version? ===
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There was a Beta version of PasswordMaker for Internet Explorer 6 and 7, but it was never finished. It currently isn't maintained, and users are discouraged from installing it because it is highly unlikely that there will be any further development on it, unless a sponsor steps forward. If you are interested in sponsoring the Internet Explorer version, please feel free to post a message on the [http://forums.passwordmaker.org/ Forums] and someone will get in touch with you to see if an arrangement can be made.
=== Where is account information and other settings stored? ===
=== Where is account information and other settings stored? ===
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If you're using Mozilla or Netscape, it's as simple as deleting two files and one directory:
If you're using Mozilla or Netscape, it's as simple as deleting two files and one directory:
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* If you installed PasswordMaker to a profile, locate that profile's directory (read this if you don't know how to find it). If you installed PasswordMaker to the browser directory, locate your Mozilla or Netscape installation directory (read [http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder this] if you don't know how to find it).If you don't know where you installed PasswordMaker, try to remember how you answered this prompt when installation began:
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* If you installed PasswordMaker to a profile, locate that profile's directory (read this if you don't know how to find it). If you installed PasswordMaker to the browser directory, locate your Mozilla or Netscape installation directory (read this if you don't know how to find it).If you don't know where you installed PasswordMaker, try to remember how you answered this prompt when installation began:
[[Image:mozilla-install.jpg]]
[[Image:mozilla-install.jpg]]
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== On-line edition ==
== On-line edition ==
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== How do the account-settings and algorithm I choose work together to generate passwords? ==
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If you've selected a non-HMAC hash function (those without the HMAC prefix), passwords are generated using the following pseudocode:
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password = mp + usingURL + username + modifier<br>
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password = leet(password, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
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password = hash(password, charset)<br>
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password = leet(password, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
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password = truncate(prefix + password, length-suffix_length) + suffix<br>
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password = truncate(password, length)
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If you've selected an HMAC hash function (those with the HMAC prefix), passwords are generated using the following pseudocode:
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data = usingURL + username + modifier<br>
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mp = leet(mp, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
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data = leet(data, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
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password = hmac_hash(mp, data, charset)<br>
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password = leet(password, leetlevel)  [optional]<br>
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password = truncate(prefix + password, length-suffix_length) + suffix<br>
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truncate(password, length)
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Where + is the concatenation operator. mp is the master password, usingURL is the value in "Using URL", and username, counter, prefix, and suffix are optional settings specified in the Account Settings dialog. For HMAC hash functions, mp is the secret key and data is the input text.

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