Is Your Password Strong Enough?


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If you’re like me, you probably have dozens of different passwords. We all know that in order to protect ourselves online, we must have strong passwords. How do you know, though, if your passwords are strong enough?

Head over to The Password Meter. This is a free service that will check your password for you and report back to whether your password is weak or strong. The Password Meter checks for minimum requirements of at least eight characters, and at least 3 out of the following 4:

  • Uppercase Letters
  • Lowercase Letters
  • Numbers
  • Symbols

It measures your password by several factors:

  • Number of Characters
  • Uppercase Letters
  • Lowercase Letters
  • Numbers
  • Symbols
  • Middle Numbers or Symbols
  • Requirements

At the same time, “points” will be deducted for things like having letters or numbers only, repeating characters, and sequential and consecutive characters. This is an excellent test, and I highly suggest you check every one of your passwords using this. Also, when you’re ready to set a new password for something, why not run it through this test prior to using it? It only takes a few seconds. Isn’t your peace of mind worth those seconds?

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15 thoughts on “Is Your Password Strong Enough?”

  1. Nice one! Just make your password public so that you are under a comfort feel that its strong.

    Next you know, it will be put into some dictionary for standard dictionary based attacks.

  2. This helped out allot
    because it turns out my
    old pasword was waek
    now i have a strong password
    thx for the site

  3. This site is not that effective because simply typing in my birthday gave a score of 92%. Any person who was intent on trying to figure that information out would probably try something like that first. Also, since a word that may be quick to recall for you but near impossible for anyone else to figure out like hemoglobin gives a score of 6%, it isn’t very accurate.

  4. well chris thank you for this site. I have always hade a problem wondering if my password was good enough and would keep my content safe. Now if I have any doubts I will just go to this site and test it out for myself.

    Thanks a bunch:David

  5. My firend guessed my password… I need to change it. It’s not super obvious, but he does know me…

    Just be responsible with the passwords. I can’t say much else.

  6. Please add also audio file mp3 to your show.
    My portable MP3 player does not accept mp4 format.

    thank you

  7. Good topic. Most of us don’t adhere to the rules when choosing a password. When was the last time you saw a good Unix admin type a password less then 10 character with a couple of symbols in there? Sound advice!

  8. I really thought this was useful I tried all my passwords and 2 out of my 5 passwords were weak….so I changed them…..now all 5 of my passwords are all strong…..I forward this video to some of my friends…..I also thought that the SuperGenPass was pretty cool…….just remember “your only as strong as your weakest link”

  9. SecureStix seems nice to protect your thumb drive and all, but TrueCrypt does all of that and more for free. Protecting thumb drives is nothing as most people either don’t put their entire private collection of data on one or they protect it. Protecting the critical areas of your laptop or desktop drive is the much more important thing to do because those get lost all of the time. TrueCrypt does that really well also.

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