How Good Is Your Password?

Instantly Check Your Password Strength and Complexity

Online passwords are now just a part of our daily life. Many of us don’t really consider how important it is to have a strong password or what it takes to make a strong password. Most of our online activities require us to provide a password in order to use them. A weak password can really cause a lot of trouble if it gets cracked or guessed. The weaker the password, the easier it is for automated programs to crack your password with a “brute force attack”.  Here is a easy, visual way to check your password strength.

The Password Meter offers a password tester. You can quickly see if your password’s complexity is too low and what you can do to make it stronger.

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Enter your password in the password field and immediately get feedback as you type every letter, number or symbol. As you progress to a more complex password, the items in the Additions Pane will start to turn colors and you’ll see the symbols start to change as well.

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The Password Meter calculates your password score by adding points from the Additions items and Subtracting points from the Deductions items. It is pretty hard to get all of the deductions to zero, but it’s fun trying. I was able to get a perfect score with the following xBc1$3Dy4=.

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Give it a try at http://www.thepasswordmeter.com.

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4 Responses to “How Good Is Your Password?”

  1. Gina Alessia says:

    the best way now is using passphrases

  2. Geakz says:

    Nice find. It only allows for [16] total characters though. There is no ‘privacy’ policy per say, on their site – something I was wondering about as I typed my test password in – but there is a disclaimer at the bottom worth reading… including:

    “This application is neither perfect nor foolproof, and should only be utilized as a loose guide in determining methods for improving the password creation process.”

    All things considered, it’s a good way to get a quick feel for your password strength.

  3. ReneS says:

    I designed my own version based on the PasswordMeter. Source code is free and not server components involved. Enjoy: http://www.yetanotherpasswordmeter.com/

  4. Gold Coins says:

    hmmm.. for me, i think passphrases is great choice. I am sure many people will agree.

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