We have always underlined the importance of having a strong password for all your logins, as a first line of defense against hackers and miscreants. Some of you may be familiar with the Microsoft Password Checker. Password Security Scanner is a newly released tool from Nirsoft, that will check the strength of your passwords and award scores to them.
Password Strength Checker
You do not need to enter any passwords to test them. Password Security Scanner will scan the passwords stored by popular Windows applications like Windows Live Mail, Windows Messenger, Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc, pick them up and display security information about all these passwords. The tool however cannot scan the passwords of Firefox, if they are protected by a master password.
The strength of the password is then calculated according to a number of parameters, like the total number of characters, number of repeating characters, type of characters used in the passwords, lower-case, upper-case, Ascii, non-numeric characters, numeric characters, and so on.
Based of this the tool calculates and gives out a score for your passwords, as follows:
- 1 – 7: Very Weak
- 8 – 14: Weak
- 15 – 25: Medium
- 26 – 45: Strong
- 46 and above: Very Strong
The tool also lets you display only the insecure passwords. To do so, you will have to go to Advanced Options and choose the option to display only such weak passwords.
Password Security Scanner download
I think it might be a good idea to download this tool and check the strength of your passwords. Better late than never! And if you need some, you can go and check these tips on how to create strong passwords.