“Strong passwords.” That’s one of the mantras of online security, along with looking for SSL connections and using unique passwords for each site you register at. But do you know how strong is strong? If you need some help evaluating the security of a password you’re planning on using, try the Microsoft Password Checker. In addition to being an AJAX tool – so that the password you’re checking never actually leaves your own computer – it includes tips on creating good passwords.
Of course, if you’re really using unique passwords for every site, you’ll also want to implement some sort of password-management tool, like the ones we’ve reviewed in the past. The best of these utilities will even generate unique, strong passwords for you.