How scoring works

We check the password you submit:

  • For including both numbers and letters.
  • For length. 8- or 10-character passwords are stronger than 6 character passwords.
  • For mixed capital and lower-case letters.
  • For special characters, like *, %, and !.
  • Against a pattern identifier: number sequences (3691215), dates (09191953) or keyboard sequences (asdfghjkl) make passwords easier to crack.
  • Against a dictionary of common terms/words used in passwords.

Each one of these tests has a point value; the total number of points creates your password's "score" on the strength meter.