It is a known fact that we rely heavily on passwords to secure our online accounts in today’s digital world. However, the use of weak passwords or password reuse across multiple accounts makes us vulnerable to cyberattacks. That is why it is essential to regularly perform password exposure tests (PET) to identify weak or compromised passwords and take necessary steps to strengthen our online security.
The password exposure test (PET) involves checking the strength and security of passwords by comparing them against databases of known compromised passwords. These databases contain millions of passwords that have been exposed in past data breaches, and checking your passwords against them can help you identify any compromised passwords that you may be using.
There are several ways to conduct a password exposure test. One way is to use a password manager that includes a built-in password checker. The password manager scans through your passwords and compares them against known databases of exposed passwords. If any of your passwords are found to be compromised, the password manager will alert you, and you can take appropriate action.
Another way is to use online tools that allow you to check the strength and security of your passwords. These tools work by analyzing your password and comparing it against known dictionaries of common passwords or databases of exposed passwords. If your password is found to be weak or compromised, the tool will give recommendations.
In addition to performing password exposure tests, you must avoid using common or easily guessable passwords like “password123” or “123456”. Using a different password for each of your online accounts prevents a hacker who gains access to one account can use the same password to access other accounts. Use of two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of security in addition to a password. Performing periodic password exposure tests can help identify compromised passwords and take appropriate action to strengthen one’s online security.