Just think about your password or group of passwords you use for a second. Are they any good? Or are they just simple word or phrases that you can remember easily? Remember those scenes from films or TV series you watch, where a person is trying to figure out the password of the other person. The hacker then suddenly remembers that one key feature about that person and types in that password and gets into the computer. Well, this can happen if you don’t choose your passwords carefully. The threat that the password of a student to be cracked might not be that much but if you’re an employee of a corporation where your password might be a gateway to all of your important information and bank accounts, there is a high probability that this might happen.
Well, there is an ingenious tool developed by a team from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago that provides constructive suggestion to the user to change various parts of the password to make it more secure. The main core of this tool implements AI as a part of its thinking process specifically artificial neural network as that of our brain. This tool, instead of just showing the boring old “how strong your your password is” like they display in all major email service providers, tells you that a portion of your password needs change
The team developed this tool by feeding it with more than 135 million passwords and over 10 million natural-language words. For this reason, this tool can tell you whether the password you typed has been used before and can warn you not to use it again. Once the users begin typing in a password, the tool will indicate what requirements have been met and and also parts that need significant correction to create a strong password. At the end of the day, it depends on the user to accept or disregard the suggestion made by the tool.
I think this is a brilliant tool that helps us as a user to improve the strength of our passwords and is clearly better than the one that just shows how strong the typed password is. However, there is one thing that bugs me about an AI giving me tips to change my password as if it is trying to manipulate me into shaping my password according to its opinion. There’s a high probability of critical information getting into the wrong hands. However, if you are not sure on how you can improve the strength of your password this can surely help you.
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