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You provide PasswordMaker at least two pieces of information: a ''master password'' -- that one, favorite password you like -- and a text [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_(computer_science) string] that is unique to that particular password. For web based accounts, this will usually be the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL URL] of the website requiring the password. In fact, this is the default for such sites, although it can be changed if desired. For internet applications without URLs, such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant_messaging instant messaging] - or some other password that you want to generate using PasswordMaker that is not internet related at all - you can make up any text you like, e.g., "aolinstantmessenger.com", "my-aol-im", or "MyBank_PIN").
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You provide PasswordMaker at least two pieces of information: a ''master password'' -- that one, favorite password you like -- and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL URL] of the website requiring a password. For internet applications without URLs, such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant_messaging instant messaging], you can make up any text [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_(computer_science) string] you like, e.g., "aolinstantmessenger.com", or "my-aol-im").
Through the magic of your favorite [http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/O/one-way_hash_function.html one-way hash algorithm] (Passwordmaker currently supports [[FAQ#Which_hash_algorithms_are_supported.3F|all of these]]), PasswordMaker uses the ''master password'' and the URL/text [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_(computer_science) string]) that you provided, plus the [[FAQ#How_do_the_account-settings_and_algorithm_I_choose_work_together_to_generate_passwords.3F|account settings as modified by you]], to calculate what is known as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptographic_hash_function digital fingerprint] - or hash - which can then be used as your password for the website.
Through the magic of your favorite [http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/O/one-way_hash_function.html one-way hash algorithm] (Passwordmaker currently supports [[FAQ#Which_hash_algorithms_are_supported.3F|all of these]]), PasswordMaker uses the ''master password'' and the URL/text [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_(computer_science) string]) that you provided, plus the [[FAQ#How_do_the_account-settings_and_algorithm_I_choose_work_together_to_generate_passwords.3F|account settings as modified by you]], to calculate what is known as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptographic_hash_function digital fingerprint] - or hash - which can then be used as your password for the website.

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