Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Testing your Password

I was given this link by my good friend, fellow guildie and role playing group member,  Hana. The sheer brilliance of it is that it tells you instantly how strong or weak your passwords are by just entering them into the boxed window.

The site is called, 'How Secure Is My Password'. A simplistic site that allows you to type as many passwords as you like, and rates them on such things as length, complexity, use of symbols, and the such. Much to my horror, passwords I thought to be 'strong' were actually quite the opposite. I now use it regularly to test out new passwords, so I thought I'd share the love.

The best password to use is actually a short sentence including spaces and numbers - make it even harder, throw in some symbols and upper case letters. Enjoy.

9 comments:

  1. My memory's not what it used to be and I bum hard when I'm forced into bizarre combos of letters and numbers for passwords. I can't possibly remember all that.

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    1. I keep a notebook by the pc to write down the dates of when I join a site, the email addy I use and the password I have created for it. Easy enough - just make sure no one takes the book ;)

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    2. I have one too!!! Somewhere....lol I do forget to write down when I join new sites though, esp. if I know I'm only going there once but needed to register.

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  2. That's very interesting. It appears that the fantasy football one I have is the most secure as it kept making me add more characters and extra bits when I signed up. I shall now apply this rule to other passwords and pimp this post via the meduim of twitter.

    Ciao!

    W.

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  3. I've noticed lots of websites won't accept a password unless it has a number and/or symbol and/or uppercase letter too.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  4. Oh, this is interesting...I'm going to try one of mine out right now. (:

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    1. Cool! 125 Thousand years! I think I'm good to go. (!

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  5. Mmm... are you sure it's a safe site?

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    1. Personally I wouldn't use it if it were otherwise. Obviously, for security sake I wouldn't type in the exact password/s I would use, but close approximations of them, just to test out the combination effectiveness.

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