Is your password “Password1” or “password”? What about “Secret,” “Love,” “Sex” or “God”? (Also known, at least to the movie Hackers, as the four most commonly used passwords.)
If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re fairly open to any number of digital attacks. And with Sony and celebrity leaks making front page news, there’s good reason to suspect that if there were any time to be concerned about password security, it’s now.
So, think about it. Think about your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest and Paypal passwords. Think they’re strong enough to thwart anyone and anything? You can put them to the test at password.bar, a handy tool that measures the strength of your current password.
If it’s strong, the colour of the screen will slowly change from red to green, but if it’s pretty weak, you’re in the red zone and should probably rethink it. And don’t just use your old password and put a one at the end of it. That’s not really going to work.