Microsoft recently released a research website that will help prevent the use of weak passwords. Weak passwords can be easily guessed and can put sensitive information including patient information at risk.
The new site is called Telepathwords
According to Microsoft:
How does Telepathwords work:
Telepathwords tries to predict the next character of your passwords by using knowledge of:
- common passwords, such as those made public as a result of security breaches
- common phrases, such as those that appear frequently on web pages or in common search queries
- common password-selection behaviors, such as the use of sequences of adjacent keys
Can Telepathwords prevent all weak passwords?
No. Even if Telepathwords is unable to predict many characters of your password, it may be predictable to an attacker who knows more about how you choose passwords than Telepathwords can. Among the limitations of Telepathwords is that it may be unable to detect weak passwords that: •are based on information about you that we don’t have but attackers might (such as your username, anniversary, favorite food, or pet’s name)
- contain common words or phrases from languages other than English
- contain terms that became popular since we collected our database of common phrases and passwords
- contain common behaviors that we have not anticipated and learned to recognize
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