Here’s a great blog post about passwords – particularly password strength meters – by Dan Wheeler on the Dropbox tech blog. He’s coded a password tester that he hopes is more useful than existing (and generally rather simplistic) offerings.
I won’t try to pretend that I followed the rather technical and mathematical bits in the middle of the piece but the bits I did understand I found really interesting.
You can try Dan’s password strength tester HERE. And afterwards you’ll probably find yourself considering changing one or two passwords.
PS: After reading through the comments on Dan’s post, here are a few more password-related tools that you may or may not find useful…
A research group at the University of Tokyo are creating a new paradigm in Human Computer Interaction. Dubbed ‘Invoked Computing’ the idea is to turn everyday objects into computer interfaces and communication devices.
Go and watch the video. I think that the two current prototypes – while undoubtedly cool – are kind of limited and clunky, but the ideas… the thinking… INCREDIBLE. Genuinely exciting and huge potential for the future.
The Register covers the discovery of a patent awarded to Apple for the concept of storing password info in power adapters. It’s definitely an interesting idea but i can’t help but feel it’s more than a little flawed.