Test Your Password Here – Or Maybe Don’t

6 Jul

Is the tweet below good advice from @GetSafeOnline?

I dutifully (and suspiciously) followed the link, and tried a few of my favourite (not used anywhere) passwords. To get a strength of 75% or above, you need some really complex passwords – sadly as identified in Challenges with unique passwords they quite often do not work, as they fall foul of the simplicity rules!

Putting that to one side, is it a sensible thing to be encouraging users to test passwords on public web sites?
I accept the article has a disclaimer:

(Never enter your real password into a password checker, as unlike this one, some may be fake)

But come to think of it, how do I know this one is not fake?
If I am a spear phisher, what a great site to mock up, and get my victims to enter their password on my fake site. Many users would comply — after all GetSafeOnline is a trusted brand (how many would spot the spear-phish fake).

GetSafeOnline, please keep up the good work — I am a fan, but find this article a little odd.

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