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This edition of PasswordMaker is a small, lightweight, free (licensed under the [http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/lgpl-2.1.html LGPL] Open Source license), extension for many 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].
This edition of PasswordMaker is a small, lightweight, free (licensed under the [http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/lgpl-2.1.html LGPL] Open Source license), extension for many 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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It creates unique, secure passwords that are very easy for you, and no one else, to create and use. Nothing is stored anywhere, anytime, so there's nothing to be hacked, lost, or stolen.
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It creates unique, secure passwords that are very easy for you to retrieve, but no one else. Nothing is stored anywhere, anytime, so there's nothing to be hacked, lost, or stolen.
Much of the following information is applicable '''only''' to the 1.7.x versions of PasswordMaker. If you are using an older version, please [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/469 upgrade], and then come back here to learn how to take advantage of all of the unique and powerful features PWM has to offer.
Much of the following information is applicable '''only''' to the 1.7.x versions of PasswordMaker. If you are using an older version, please [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/469 upgrade], and then come back here to learn how to take advantage of all of the unique and powerful features PWM has to offer.
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'''The [http://passwordmaker.org/Firefox/Mozilla/SeaMonkey/Flock/Netscape/Advanced Advanced Usage] page still needs a bit of work, but for all intents and purposes, the wiki is now considered stable enough for anyone and everyone to start adding to it.'''
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'''This page is in major flux, and will be changing rapidly over the next few days. Please do not attempt to edit this page until this notice is removed - which will be when all of the content has been updated, merged and migrated from the [http://passwordmaker.org website].'''
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==First Things First==
==First Things First==
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In order to prevent some of the most common errors - and to save you a lot of confusion and frustration - you are strongly encouraged to read this entire page, along with the [[F.A.Q.#Firefox_.2F_Gecko_edition|FAQ]], at least once prior to attempting to use PasswordMaker.
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In order to prevent some of the most common errors - and to save you a lot of confusion and frustration - you are strongly encouraged to read this entire page, along with the [[Faq|FAQ]], at least once prior to attempting to use PasswordMaker.
===Precautions and Caveats===
===Precautions and Caveats===
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*<b>In ''Advanced'' mode</b>
*<b>In ''Advanced'' mode</b>
**you can create as many unique ''accounts'' as desired, each of which has its own ''settings'' that are applied only when that account is used
**you can create as many unique ''accounts'' as desired, each of which has its own ''settings'' that are applied only when that account is used
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***notably you will be able to store the user name that you have on a site, and to pre-fill the user name text box on the site's login page
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**you must define the URL(s) that identify each account
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**you must specify the URL(s) that identify each account
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**you can define <b>multiple</b> URLs for any given ''account'', which means:
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**you can specify <b>multiple</b> URLs for any given ''account'', which means:
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***PasswordMaker will use the same ''settings'' for all of these ''sites''
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***PasswordMaker will use the same ''settings'' for all of those ''sites''
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***PasswordMaker will generate the same ''password'' for all of these ''sites''
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***PasswordMaker will generate the same ''password'' for all of those ''sites''
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**you can optionally save the ''master password hash'', which is a very convenient and safe way to verify that you have entered the same ''master password'' when logging into as site as when you created the password - essentially preventing any ''failed logins''
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**you can optionally save the ''master password hash'', which is a very convenient and safe way to verify that you have entered the same ''master password'' (when logging into a site) as when you created the password - essentially preventing any ''failed logins''
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- The main advantage of using the 'Advanced' options is the ability to customize the way PasswordMaker behaves for different sites/accounts
- The main advantage of using the 'Advanced' options is the ability to customize the way PasswordMaker behaves for different sites/accounts
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*The parameters used to generate any given password are:
*The parameters used to generate any given password are:
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**the contents of the ''Using Text'' field, which by default is the ''URL components'' you have enabled (the default is to only use the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top-level_domain Top-] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second-level_domain Second-level Domain]) - e.g., ''passwordmaker.org''
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**the contents of the ''Using Text'' field, which by default is the ''URL components'' you have enabled (the default is to only use the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top-level_domain TLD (top-level domain)] - e.g., ''passwordmaker.org''
**the username, if defined
**the username, if defined
**the ''extended attributes'' as provided, or modified by you
**the ''extended attributes'' as provided, or modified by you
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===3. Using Text===
===3. Using Text===
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By default, this shows only the ''URL components'' of the current URL being used to generate the password, but you can change this to anything you want.  
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By default, this shows only the ''URL compnents'' of the current URL being used to generate the password, but you can change this to anything you want.  
[[Image:basic-using-text.png]]
[[Image:basic-using-text.png]]
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===4. Generated Password===
===4. Generated Password===
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Here you see the generated password. It'll be shown as plain text, or encrypted depending on your setting in the 'Global Settings' tab.  
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Here you see the generated password. It'll be shown as plain test, or encrypted depending on your setting.  
[[Image:basic-generated-password.png]]
[[Image:basic-generated-password.png]]
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===5. Copy Generated Password to Clipboard===
===5. Copy Generated Password to Clipboard===
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This button copies the generated password to the clipboard where it remains for the amount of time specified amount in the [[advanced-options.xhtml|Advanced Options]] dialog (10 seconds by default).
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This button copies the generated password to the clipboard where it remains for the amount of time specified amount in the [advanced-options.xhtml Advanced Options] dialog (10 seconds by default).
===6. Advanced Options===
===6. Advanced Options===
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So, to get started, either:
So, to get started, either:
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* click here and print out the page that opens, so that you have these full instructions for changing your password handy, or
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* click here and print out the page the opens, so that you have these full instructions for changing your password handy, or
* open the site you will be using in a new [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browser_tab browser tab], and flip between the two sites that way
* open the site you will be using in a new [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browser_tab browser tab], and flip between the two sites that way
* follow the instructions for ''changing your password'' to one that PasswordMaker generates
* follow the instructions for ''changing your password'' to one that PasswordMaker generates
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===Password Change Procedure===
===Password Change Procedure===
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When you go to a site which requires a password, PasswordMaker's behavior depends on the settings. It can auto-populate the password field or, if you right click on the password field, you can select '''PasswordMaker''' in the context menu (todo: link to context-menu section). In either case, if PasswordMaker does not know your master password, it will prompt you for it.  Once PasswordMaker has your master password, it will populate the password field for you.  The generated password could be account specific or based on the default account settings, depending upon how you have things configured.
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When you go to a site which requires a password, PasswordMaker, depending on the settings, will either auto populate the password field, let you right click on the password field and give you the selection PasswordMaker in the context menu (todo: link to context-menu section). Then, depending on whether PasswordMaker knows your master password, or not, it will prompt you for your master password and populate the password box on the site, or just populate the password box on the site.
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Of course, PasswordMaker cannot know the current password for a site (or service) if you didn't use PasswordMaker to create it. You must change the password at that site (or service) to the password generated by PasswordMaker so that PasswordMaker can provide it thereafter. Just log into the site (or service), navigate to the change password form, enter your old password, ask PasswordMaker to generate a password for that site, and put it in the new password and confirmation fields. Here's an animated example of this process:
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Again, depending on your settings, the password populated in to the password field of the site will either be an account specific, or a default password.
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<swf width="663" height="358">/images/4/43/ChangePasswordDemo.swf</swf>
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After PasswordMaker has been installed, you should decide whether you wish to log in to your online account, be it a bank account, a subscription type service, with an account / URL specific password, or a default password. The account specific password will be set up with a URL, so that PasswordMaker knows to use those specific settings for the site with the URL set up.
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===Log Into an Existing Account===
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Of course, PasswordMaker can not and will not know your site specific password, unless you change the password of the site or service to the password generated by PasswordMaker. You do this by logging in to the site in question and select to change the password on that site. Typically, you will supply your old password and then a new password, which you will the have to enter again to confirm the new password. Here's an animated example of this process:
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When you visit a site which requires a password, just enter your username, right click on the password box, and select '''PasswordMaker'''. If you have not saved your master password, PasswordMaker will ask you for it. Then, PasswordMaker will generate a password for that site, based upon your settings, and populate the password field with your password. (todo: discuss CoolKey or link to CoolKey section). Just click on the log in button to log into the site as usual.
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<flash>file=change_password_demo.swf|width=663|height=358|quality=best</flash>
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Here is a video showing this process in action:
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===Log-In to an Existing Account===
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<swf width="453" height="456">/images/b/ba/Passwordmaker_login.swf</swf>
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When you visit a site which requires a password, just enter your username and right click on the password box and select PasswordMaker to fill in your password, which is determined by your settings. (todo: discuss CoolKey or link to CoolKey section). Then, when you click on the login button, you will be logged into the site. Here is another animated example:
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[[Image:Login.gif|login animation]]
====Help====
====Help====
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This button displays the help page.
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This button displays the help page.  
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[[Image:button.jpg|File Menu]]

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