Google Chrome may soon let you know how terrible your password is

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As Google begins its march towards a passwordless future, passwords are still a necessary online security tool to block unwanted access to accounts. Now, the search giant wants to let users know how weak their login credentials are with a password strength indicator.

According to Chromium (via 9to5Google), Google Chrome is setting up a password strength indicator feature when typing a new password in during sign-up and when changing passwords.

While this tool isn't anything new, with websites and password managers like LastPass and 1Password already using the feature, it will be a handy built-in feature for users to find out if their password is strong enough. Especially seeing how it takes under 1 second for hackers to crack these passwords.

While the feature isn't available to the public yet, Leopeva64 on Twitter spotted a description of the password strength indicator. It's set to be available on Mac, Windows, ChromeOS, Linux, Fuchsia, and Lacros. Plus, the ability to enable the feature is already available on the Google Canary build.

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Chrome finally having a built-in password strength indicator may not last too long, though. Google announced it will be expanding support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. Apple and Microsoft will also be joining the transition from password-only authentication, as a way to protect against phishing attacks and malicious hacking methods. 

Google has been pushing for passwordless sign-ins for a while, including on Chromebooks. It's uncertain when we could see everyone transition to passwordless sign-ins, so it's a good idea to create a worthy password to ace any password strength indicator. 

How to create a strong password 

Passwords like "123456," "qwerty," or "name1990" don't cut it anymore. Hackers can use brute force attacks to easily break into accounts with weak passwords, so it’s a good idea to take these tips on board when you’re planning to create a password.

For instance, it's important to find a connection between your assortment of characters and something you care about, all so you can easily remember something that's otherwise hard to crack.

Instead of using something generic, take a quote or passage that’s memorable to you but completely random to others, then mix it up to your liking. For instance, take this famed quote from J. R. R. Tolkien:

“One ring to rule them all" -  J. R. R. Tolkien

Change “One” into numerical characters and take the first letters from each word and you’ll get this: “1rtrta-J.R.R.T”. Here, you have alphabetical characters, numerals, and symbols all wrapped up in a quote you’ll remember. This is just an example, but a password like this will be harder to bypass than a simple "!" thrown in.

For an easier way to handle all your password, check out our list of best password managers

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.