We all know the best way to have a secure password is for it to be random. There are a ton of sites out there that will give you a password, but your Linux command line can do it for you with one command. You may need to install it with your favorite package manager:
$ sudo apt-get install makepasswd $ makepasswd JAvMdvMu
Here’s a readout of the man page:
makepasswd v1.10, a utility to generate and/or encrypt passwords. Copyright (c) 1997-1999 by Rob Levin <[email protected]>. All rights are reserved by the author. This program may be used under the terms of version 2 of the GNU Public License. Last modified on Monday, 7 April 1999 at 22:56 (UCT). Format: makepasswd [option...] Options are: --chars=N Generate passwords with exactly N characters (do not use with options --minchars and --maxchars). --clearfrom=FILE Use a clear password from FILE instead of generating passwords. Requires the --crypt or --crypt-md5 option; may not be used with options --chars, --maxchars, --minchars, --count, --string, --nocrypt. Trailing newlines are ignored, other whitespace is not. --count=N Produce a total of N passwords (the default is one). --crypt Produce encrypted passwords. --crypt-md5 Produce encrypted passwords using the MD5 digest (hash) algorithm. --cryptsalt=N Use crypt() salt N, a positive number <= 4096. If random seeds are desired, specify a zero value (the default). --help Ignore other operands and produce only this help display. --maxchars=N Generate passwords with at most N characters (default=10). --minchars=N Generate passwords with at least N characters (default=8). --nocrypt Do not encrypt the generated password(s) (the default). --noverbose Display no labels on output (the default). --randomseed=N Use random number seed N, between 0 and 2^32 inclusive. A zero value results in a real-random seed. This option generates predictable passwords, and should normally be avoided. --rerandom=N Set the random seed value every N values used. Specify zero to use a single seed value (the default). Specify one to get true-random passwords, but plan on hitting the CONTROL key a lot while it's running. ;) --repeatpass=N Use each password N times (4096 maximum, --crypt or --crypt-md5 must be set and --cryptsalt may not be set). --string=STRING Use the characters in STRING to generate random passwords. --verbose Display labelling information on output.