Assessing Password Strength

Using strong passwords is an essential aspect of securing our identities and accounts that we access over the web. There are already several online tools available to help us score the strength of our passwords, some great examples being Password Meter and Password Strength. Now there’s a new tool which uses a tiny slideshow of images to assess the strength of a password. While this is a good idea (using a quick, uncomplicated visual cue to help encourage users to choose better passwords), the execution makes me frown: it’s named Naked Password, and as the user types a more complex password, a pixelated female character progressively removes articles of clothing. Classy.

Maybe I’m just being too sensitive? Is this a good way to promote a new web tool and encourage participation in the web programming community?

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