“How Big Is Your Haystack” It’s Not Just a Password Checker

By | August 14, 2016
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“How Big Is Your Haystack” It’s Not Just a Password Checker

There are password strength checkers all over the Web, but there is only one that tests your passwords as brutally as this one. How Big is Your Haystack will test your passwords against three different kinds of attack scenarios and give you an estimate of the time it would take to crack your passwords. We tested ours and most were in the billions of years for two attack scenarios – and around 2 years when pitted against a massive cracking array using one hundred trillion guesses per second.

Here’s what the site’s developers have to say:

“Every password you use can be thought of as a needle hiding in a haystack. After all searches of common passwords and dictionaries have failed, an attacker must resort to a “brute force” search – ultimately trying every possible combination of letters, numbers and then symbols until the combination you chose, is discovered.

If every possible password is tried, sooner or later yours will be found. The question is: Will that be too soon . . . or enough later?

This interactive brute force search space calculator allows you to experiment with password length and composition to develop an accurate and quantified sense for the safety of using passwords that can only be found through exhaustive search…”.

How strong are your passwords? Do you dare to find out? Visit How Big is Your Haystack… if you dare!

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4 thoughts on ““How Big Is Your Haystack” It’s Not Just a Password Checker

  1. Brenda Rion

    If I have good padding and my password is projected to hold up under all three types of cracking for trillions of centuries, may I safely use the same password everywhere and never have to use a password manager again? I know some sites require that the password be changed frequently, but I could cycle a few and still be able to remember them.

    Thanks for telling us about this site.

    1. infoave Post author

      Brenda, no, you should never use the same password for every site. No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes isn’t paying attention. It happens to me, it happens to you, it happens to everyone. If just once you were not careful and you were tricked into revealing your password, every single one of your accounts would be accessible to whomever tricked you. And don’t think it can’t happen – it can and it does. No matter how strong your passwords are – never use the same one for everything or even more than on thing.

      1. Brenda Rion

        Thanks. I had a feeling it wouldn’t be a good idea to do that–would have been nice though.

  2. Sue

    Thanks. The explanations at the bottom proved very interesting and informative.


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