A million tested passwords

29/11/2012

Over a million passwords have now been tested on the online service 'Testa lösenord' (Test your password). The service teaches you how to create strong passwords. The service is provided by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS).

The online service Testa lösenord allows users to enter a combination of characters and have the test determine whether it would be a strong or weak password, should they wish to use it as such. The test detects whether the combination of characters contains lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, special characters, and whether it is at least twelve characters long, without containing words, names or other typical patterns.

"A new feature is that you can test phrases, i.e., a normal sentence that by virtue of its length becomes a strong password. Passphrases are easy to remember, but still strong," says Anna Boström, head of consumer issues at PTS.

The online service should not be used for testing existing passwords or to create new ones. A password should be handled with great care and never be disclosed unnecessarily.

How to create a strong password

  • Never choose a password that has a connection to you in some way, such as names or numbers.
  • Always include all types of characters in the password, i.e., uppercase letters, numbers and special characters. The password should contain at least twelve characters.
  • If you need to write down your password, do so on paper and treat it as a security.
  • Never disclose your password to anyone else.

You can also use what is known as a passphrase. It is a normal sentence, at least 18 characters in length. It becomes strong by virtue of its length. A passphrase is often better if you use lowercase and uppercase letters, special characters and numbers.

Testa lösenord can be found at testalosenord.pts.se.

For more information:

Anna Boström, Head of section for Consumer Issues, phone: +46 73 644 55 23
PTS Press Office, phone: +46 8 678 55 55