December 06, 2013, 3:11 PM — The biggest problem with password (in)security is that most of us are using passwords that are all too predictable: The include words that can be found in a dictionary, popular phrases, or follow common patterns. (And we're not even talking about the most commonly used passwords, "123456" and "password".) Microsoft's Telepathwords is a clever way to test if your passwords are predictable.
Password strength meters--you know, the kind that tell you how "weak" or "strong" your password is--aren't very reliable. They use archaic rules such as "at least 6 characters" and "must include a number" to decide how secure your password is. Telepathwords is different. As you type, it looks for common passwords, phrases, and key sequences, to guess your password. If it can easily predict it, your password can be easily hacked.
Typing in "p" at the start, for example, immediately calls up "password," "princess," and "porn." You're smart enough to not to use those as your password, but you might be surprised--if you don't use a random password generator--at how good this Telepathwords tool is at guessing what you're going to type next.
While it can't account for personal information you use in your password that could make your password weaker (a pet's name, for example, if the hacker finds it), Telepathwords is one step closer to true password security knowledge.
[h/t Alan Henry]
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