Microsoft’s Telepathwords

It seems like every week we are hearing about another password breach like the one that happened to Facebook and Yahoo recently.

We all have multiple passwords now for various email accounts, work networks, social media, etc. With such a large number off passwords to remember, many people use the same password over and over again for many if not all their accounts. A better idea would be to use different passwords for each site and a password manager like Lastpass to store and remember them for you, but not enough people take that extra step.

So just how strong is your password? Microsoft’s Telepathwords project is designed to guess at least part of your password once you start typing it in. Type at least the first 3 characters of a password and watch it guess what the next character will be. I was amazed at how accurate it was when I typed in some of the passwords I used 10 years ago.

Watch Telepathwords guess the next character of your password
Watch Telepathwords guess the next character of your password

 

Accorsing to Microsoft the engine in telepathwords is very complex.

“To guess the next character you’ll type, we send the characters you have already typed to query our prediction engine. The prediction engine uses a database of common passwords and phrases that are too large for us send to your computer”.

The main purpose of the program is to see how easily someone can complete your password if they only have a few characters to start with. For example, if you logged in to your email at the coffee shop and a hacker is watching, but only sees the first half of your password, how easily can they guess the rest?

If Telepathwords can guess your password, you should change it right away. Try using both upper and lowercase and throw some numbers and symbols in there.For example, if your normal password is newenglandpatriots, try using N3wEngl$nDp8trL0ts (that’s a zero instead of an O and an uppercase L instead of an I) instead. It’s much harder for a person to guess, although telepathwords still knew the word we were trying to spell.

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And remember, don’t ever use any of the passwords on this list. You’re just asking to be hacked.

 

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