Repeat Wednesday – Password Strength Checker

I found this handy website this week, and thought I would pass it along.  It is a tool developed by Microsoft to test your password strength which can be found here.

Tips for creating a strong password include:

  • Do not use dictionary words – in any language!
  • Do not use patterns on the keyboard.
  • Do not make common substitutions like “2″ for “to”
  • Utilize keys other than letters … special characters, and punctuation marks help make it more difficult to figure out your password.
  • Never use information you shared in a social networking site like your birthday, or commonly available information like your address or phone number.
  • Make sure it is at least 8 characters long.
  • Do not use the same password for everything.
  • Protect your email password!!!  If cyber criminals get this one, they can typically find out (through your stored email correspondence) what accounts you have / sites you visit, and can request password resets.
  • Change your passwords frequently.  I recommend quarterly at least for high risk  accounts such as email and banking / credit card related.

For more help creating strong passwords, check out my earlier post here.  As a reminder of the pitfalls associated with weak passwords check out my earlier post on giving away the keys to the kingdom here.