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This tool will tell you why your password is weak and offer help

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Posted at 7:25 AM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 09:01:45-04

You may have some "1234s" or common words floating around in your passwords. But aside from the obvious no-nos, how do you know if your code is up to snuff?

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago recently announced the creation of a new password meter.

We’ve seen certain digital tools tell us if our password is strong or weak, but this one -- researchers say -- is unique.

The key here is that this meter actually offers you detailed advice.

According to a news release, it works via an artificial neural network that learns by scanning trends in existing passwords.

For example, if you type in the word "password," the meter will tell you it’s not wise to use a common password.

Any code you put in will prompt a response from the meter, offering you ways to improve it or even suggesting an alternative for you.

In the end, you’re looking for a solid green line. My "T@keThatPassw0rdMeter!!" password seemed to be a favorite. But, the meter still reminds you to only use it for one account.

Researchers say they have already open-sourced the meter, hoping other people may be able to improve on its capabilities.