1Password Username Generator
Create unique usernames to protect your privacy and stay secure online.
Random, unique usernames are a great way to protect your privacy and stay safe online. If you pick the same username for everything, a criminal could find one of your public profile pages and immediately learn the username for all your accounts. Yikes! Using different usernames will make it tougher for criminals to figure out everything they would need to break into one of your accounts.
1Password’s Random Username Generator can help you invent random, unique usernames for any app, website, or game. Use it alongside 1Password’s Strong Password Generator to create secure login credentials for all your accounts.
How to use 1Password’s Random Username Generator
Every username is a critical piece of information that a criminal needs to know if they want to take over the associated account. That’s why random usernames are a great way to boost your cybersecurity. They’re an extra layer of protection beyond your passwords that will make your accounts more secure and private.
But creating a truly unique username can be tough. Have you ever added a number or symbol to an old username to make it “different”? Or have you used some personally identifying information – like a variation of your own name, or your birth year – to make your username “unique”? You’re not alone. But using these predictable tricks to create and remember your online handles isn’t enough. If you want a truly secure username, it needs to be both unique and random.
1Password’s Random Username Generator makes it simple to create unique, random usernames for any kind of online account, including:
- Banking, e-commerce, and communication. You may want the same handle for your social media accounts, but that doesn’t mean you should be using it to log in to your private bank account. Random and unique usernames can also help you stay safe on privacy-focused chat apps.
- Streaming and gaming. Movie and TV streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max require an account with a username and password. You also need a handle for online video games like Fortnite, Roblox, and Minecraft, as well as popular gaming platforms including Twitch, Steam, and Xbox.
- Social media. You may wish to stay anonymous on Reddit, Twitter, Discord, Tumblr, and other platforms that people use to discuss a wide range of topics. Unique usernames can also be helpful if you want to create a secondary account – where you can browse or post with more freedom – on social media apps such as TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube.
When should I use a random username?
Choosing a random username whenever it feels appropriate will increase the protection around that account. It will also minimize the value of the username if it's ever exposed in a data breach. Random usernames are ideal for private accounts where you don't need a handle that’s easy for other people to look up.
But there may be instances where you want to use a username more than once. For example, if you run a business, using the same handle will make it easier to grow your brand and name recognition. You may also want the same username on your Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch so your friends can easily find you. And that’s okay! Just make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords and enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever possible on these accounts.
What is a good username?
That depends on the account. If you’re signing up for a game streaming platform like Twitch, you likely want a username that’s memorable and easy to spell. But if it’s a private account, you’re better off choosing a username that’s unique and random. A unique username is one you haven't used elsewhere. And random means that a criminal won't be able to guess it. So steer clear of words and numbers related to your name, date of birth, and other real-life information.
How often should I change my username?
You don’t need to change all of your usernames on a regular basis to keep your accounts safe. Some platforms won’t let you update your username without contacting customer support anyway. Instead, focus on picking the right username in the first place. You can easily remember unique, random usernames by storing them in a password manager like 1Password. If you’re using a strong username, you only need to change it if you think it’s been compromised.
How do I create a unique username?
1Password’s Random Username Generator is the best way to create random, unique usernames for your online accounts. That way, your privacy is protected, and you can rest easy knowing that you’re practicing good cybersecurity habits.
What if my username is an email address?
Many services will use your email address as the username. If you use 1Password and Fastmail, you can create your online accounts with Masked Email. These are unique, automatically generated email addresses that keep your real one private from the services you sign up for, while still sending emails to your Fastmail inbox. It’s the perfect way to protect yourself from data breaches and annoying spam.
Keep your usernames and passwords secure with 1Password
Creating random, unique usernames and passwords is the best way to keep your online accounts safe. But few people are able to memorize hundreds of different usernames and passwords. That's why you should generate, store, and autofill your logins using a secure password manager like 1Password. It will help you protect, organize, and remember everything that's important in your digital life, so you’ll always have what you need at the exact moment you need it.