Making Your Passwords Stronger

Have you been struggling with your passwords lately? Not sure whether or not they are up to strength? Then you you probably have not checked out my passwords for scientists idea. It could be just what you need, especially if you are on any form of medication.

I usually don’t tout Microsoft products but I used their free password strength tester to check out just how strong the passwords my idea generates are. I created a dummy password based on the chemical formula for Viagra (an easy to remember drug name whose formula can be looked up very quickly on, for instance) and immediately the password tester told me it was the best. Apply my additional tip of swapping, adding or deleting set characters from the formula and the password is even better.

The tester at also tells me I am on to a winner with this password creation idea. Weblogtoolscollection also covered the password strength issue recently and pointed to a jquery plugin that tests your strength. Reassuringly, that too gave my molecular formula idea the thumbs up.

Author: David Bradley

Freelance science journalist, author of Deceived Wisdom. Photographer and musician.