February 23, 2014
I posted this somewhere in the Forum but I thought it might be better here.
Password checkers such as https://howsecureismypassword.net/ are very odd!!
They do not seem to take into consideration the simple keyboards that we use. The qwerty ones.
I would have thought that a password comprising a progressive set of keys pressed one after another along the keyboard would be weak.???
Try this using the bottom keys:
98 days to crack!
And if you then reverse back again a few keys:
Then it’s 546 years.
This combination of key presses would take most hackers less than one minute to crack.
I wonder why these “test your password” sites don’t realise that?
Who would use : qwertyuiop as a password?
Well it’s very safe.
Oh yes, using these keys is a 546 year task to hack?
I don’t think so.
April 17, 2016
You're absolutely correct. The password checkers don't take into account, human intuition and ingenuity. They take just one character at a time and never see the whole picture.
I took one of those password tests one day with my bank account password and the program said that a decent computer could break my password in just minutes. Yikes!
So using their suggestions of using a long password comprised if special characters, both upper and lower case letters and a few numbers, I came up with a new password that would take the fastest computer on earth, over a million years to crack it. Even if that's an exaggeration, I do feel much safer now.
Good luck with your new password! And don't save it anywhere on your PC.
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