As a student or employee, you likely forget your password and lose time resetting it. Or you might use the same password for every site, which made you vulnerable this week when hackers stole two million Facebook, Twitter and Gmail passwords.

Last month I wrote about how to create an unhackable but easy-to-remember password.

Microsoft was listening.

To either show you how weak your password is (or to give hackers more ideas), the Microsoft Research team invented Telepathwords. The site’s mandate: “Preventing weak passwords by reading your mind.”

telepathwords (main) And it probably knows what your fingers are thinking! Type the first key of one of your passwords and, like a vengeful ex, Telepathwords frantically starts to guess the rest of it.

This computer must be shared by all family members.

telepathwords (random)

Hackers can even guess passwords created when your cat walks across your keyboard.

telepathwords (mailmymonkey)
Your passwords? Or this afternoon’s to-do list?

If your password is too common, change it. And if you hate remembering different ones, I recommend (again) the base + modifier system.

telepathwords (swear)

I don’t know who’s worse: the person creating the first two passwords or the person who guessed them.

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Written by Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen loves to teach children. He specializes in literacy (elementary level) and has a lot of fun creating games and activities for class lessons. He also writes, manages social media accounts and announces roller derby games.

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