Today, I discovered a Dutch version of YetAnotherPasswordMeter. Check it out: Test Je Wachtwoord
Many people ask, what is the right password for Facebook? Well, the answer is easy, there is not one but many passwords that fit. Just follow these basic rules:
- Do not use any part of your name or login name. Not even reversed.
- Do not use your birthday or year of birth.
- Are you a fan of something? Do not use that or parts of it. So Michael or Jacko, Lady Gaga or similar things are off limits.
- Change it frequently, at least every 3 to 6 month. You can modify it slightly to make it easier to remember. So instead of Fihs42@Usa you will use Fihs84@Ger.
- Just fell in love? That name of her or him is too easy to guess or crack.
- Make your password at least 8 characters long, 12 would be great. Do not use words from a dictionary.
- Put in numbers and characters, such as -,;.ß?=)(!? … you know what I mean.
- Uppercase and lowercase letters please.
- Do not repeat yourself. ttTT6655!! looks good, but is too obvious.
Try to make your password complicated but easy to remember for you. Build yourself a bridge to remember it. For example: “Lady Gaga is extremely 6y, even before 7 am.“ can be turned into LGie6y,eb7am. Of course, now this password is useless, because I explained it here. But you hopefully got the idea.
Do not forget to test your ideas with Yet Another Password Meter.
By Rene 2010-06-22
I do not understand how a large public portal, such as Miles and More can make these restriction on password characters. At least a set of common non-alphanumeric character should be permitted such as !”§$%&/()=;,:_-+#*.
The password that you entered is not valid. Please enter a valid password (4-16 characters/alphabetic and numeric characters only).
Additional 4 characters as minimum length… what a risk.
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By Rene 2010-05-16
Long time, no see! Well, the password meter was humming along and I did not find the time to do anything with or for it. It did what it should, besides some minor flaws.
One of the problems was the rating of long passwords. The longer the password got, the less points it got. Reason was the redundancy which was applied all the time. Well, I fixed that… and wait, there is more…
Minimum length increased
The minimum length was increased to 6 characters. Five was too short. Therefore the entire score changed and your old password might now return different data.
Redundancy has only meaning when the password is equal or shorter the recommended length (right now 8 characters). The influence on longer passwords has been removed, therefore 11111kq!_()*/& is now about 42% and 11111kq!_()*/&1111111111111 is 47%. It was 92% and 59% before. This directly leads to the next improvement.
I also adjusted the redundancy factor slightly.
Some legacy systems and some nasty software offer to input quite long passwords, but use at the end only the first characters. So we changed the algorithm to reflect that. The new value is named significance. The recommended password length, right now 8 characters, is most significant.
This first part of the password is analyzed separately again and influences the score the most. See the following examples and note how the bad first part influences the rating. This is of course a somewhat artificial assumption but it put makes things more secure.
- 11111111 – 0%, obviously a garbage like password
- aA-.85fG! – 100%, pretty nice, isn’t it?
- aA-.85fG!11111111 – 100%, still nice of course
- 11111111aA-.85fG! – 23%, still a password with some meaning, but due to the usage of a first part that has a zero score, the overall rating does not come up that high
The complexity indicator has now a color code to make the change more obvious and I pay my tribute to the people who do not want to read
I am looking forward to your comments and suggestions. Feel free to use the tool often and extensively. Do not forget to tell friends about it. Educate them about good password usage.
If you find any strange things, let me know. If you find the tool to strict, let me now. Please include your arguments.
“May the best password win!”
By Rene 2010-05-15
I corrected the inclusion of JQuery. The minified version is used now. That will reduce the download size by 50kB.
By Rene 2009-01-22