Breaching or in more technical terms, cracking a password is sort of a sport in the computing world. So in the present digital age where we rely heavily on online existence, setting up a secure and a strong password is quite necessary. These days normally all the reputable and well designed websites have a password indicator that basically tell users that whether their password is strong enough to withstand attacks from Hackers, crackers or even black hats. Here are some of the password strength tools that I find really useful and trustworthy:
The Password Meter
It is by far the most popular password strength checking tool available on the internet, this particular tool breakdowns the password into various parts and then put your password into a measuring scale that is customized and pre-set. Each and every element of the password is assigned points and later on they are summed up to give a total value corresponding to the password strength. Users can employ The Password Meterto design and construct a very strong and an un-crackable password.
This particular web tool checks the probability of letters in a password that whether they are landing similarity to each other or not and based on that probability check, the tool rates the password weak or strong. As per the rules, passwords should be as random as possible. Strength Testtool uses a term called as ‘entropy’ which is an estimate that is entirely based on letter combos in the English language dictionary.
In this modern era where a user has to manage so many online credentials, keeping passwords safe and secure is a major task for everyone. These days, hacking applications are particularly strong in sniffing out insecure passwords which makes it even more necessary for users to secure their passwords. We have so many password managers which can help us to remember a strong and complicated password.
Although many browser based extensions and plug-ins are available for download, these apps are particularly not useful when one needs desktop password security like for LAN, virtual machine passwords and so on. Pass-O-Meter is a desktop utility designed for checking the strength of saved passwords. Very simple to use, Pass-O-Meter consists of a tachometer style gauge which shows the strength of the password when any password is input to it. Any password e.g. routers, virtual machines, e-banking accounts etc. can be input for a security strength check. Pass-O-Meter works on standard secure password rules such as keeping special characters, numbers and caps locked alphabets etc. in your password and other rules of thumb to gauge the strength of the passwords.
Pass-O-Meter has different gauge colors which demonstrate the strength of the passwords. This scale consists of six different colors each representing the level of strength for a password:
Gray – Password not for actual use
Red – Weak password
Orange – Medium password
Yellow – Strong password
Green – Very strong password
Blue – Strongest password; almost immune to being cracked using current hacking/cracking technologies
Pass-O-Meter is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7 is a highly recommended tool for everyone who wants to test the strength of their passwords.