This is certainly an interesting title – “New Meter Will Change How Users Create Passwords.”
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago have unveiled a new, state-of-the-art password meter that offers real-time feedback and advice to help people create better passwords. To evaluate its performance, the team conducted an online study in which they asked 4,509 people to use the meter to create a password.
What is most interesting is that the meter searches the Internet for trends. While you think that your password is safe, the meter or network will validate your assumption.
The meter employs an artificial neural network — a large, complex map of information that resembles the way neurons behave in the brain. The network “learns” by scanning millions of existing passwords and identifying trends. If the meter detects a characteristic in a password that it knows attackers may guess, it tells the user.
And best of all, the “data-driven feedback is presented in real-time, as [you] are typing [your] password.”