Microsoft Password Checker

Over the last few weeks there have been quite a few sites and newsletters that have linked to a new tool on the Microsoft site called Password Checker:

Do you use strong passwords?
A strong password should appear to be a random string of characters to an attacker. It should be 14 characters or longer, (eight characters or longer at a minimum). It should include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Test the strength of your passwords: Enter a password in the text box to have Password Checker help determine its strength as you type.

It is a simple utility that does NOT send any information back to Microsoft. Everything is checked locally. I tested several of my passwords, and they all came back Strong, but not Best. They aren’t long enough I guess.

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