Password Meters That Tell You If You're Creating A Strong Password Really Do Work

Monday, May 13, 2013 16:01
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Password Meters That Tell You If You're Creating A Strong Password Really Do Work

Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and Microsoft are among the first to test the effect that the ubiquitous password meters have on real users choosing passwords. They found that meters grading the strength of passwords had a measurable impact in helping users pick stronger passcodes that weren't used on other accounts.

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What's more interesting is Ars Technica's suggestions that sites ban the use of the one-million most commonly used words in the English language. In other words, password meters would reject dictionary and names. 

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