Friday, December 6, 2013

Telepathwords from Microsoft Research Shows You the Weakness of Your Password

Telepathwords from Microsoft Research is a simple site designed to show you the strength or weakness of your passwords. As you type a password (either one you actually use or one you're thinking of using) into Telepathwords it tries to predict the next character that you will type. Telepathwords shows you the three most common characters that follow that character you typed. When you're done typing you'll see green check marks and red "Xs" above your password's characters. Green means that character is easy to predict and red means it is not easy to predict.
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Applications for Education
Telepathwords could be a good resource to use with students of all ages when you're trying to illustrate the qualities that go into a strong password.

The following videos offer some good advice about crafting passwords. Consider having your students watch these before testing they knowledge of password creation on Telepathwords.

Here's Secure Passwords Explained by Common Craft.

H/T to The Next Web for Telepathwords.