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Have You Checked Out the Password Meter? - Ask the Geek Ask the Geek

Have You Checked Out the Password Meter?

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Unless you’re a subscriber to my list, you probably haven’t noticed the new page I added recently: Password Meter. It’s over there to the right just under the link to the Leave Feedback page. Go ahead, check it out; punch in some of the passwords you use and find out if they’re really as strong as you think they are. I bet you’ll be surprised.

This meter is one of the best I’ve ever seen because it takes into account all of the best practices I endorse for creating very strong, un-guessable passwords.

Let me know what you think in the comments section and if you like it, bookmark it using the button below.

Cheers!
The Geek

One Response

  1. Chris Parker says:

    I noticed a problem with your password meter page. The row for repeat characters says the formula is “-(n(n-1))”, when in fact you calculate it as “-(n*n)”, and worse yet, you display it as “-n”. For example, use a string I found on another page: “hello123##KHG”. You’ll see that the page gives a score of 77, but if you add up the scores in the columns you get 107. And if the displayed formula is correct, the real score should be 83.

    Thanks for the meter though – I’m writing a Java version for internal use, and took the liberty of following your formula. And I’m crediting the page in the API documentation :).

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