New research suggests that ‘inconsistent and misleading’ password meters seen on various websites could increase the risk of cyber attacks.

The study, led by researchers at the University of Plymouth, investigated the effectiveness of 16 password meters that people are likely to use or encounter on a regular basis.

It tested 16 passwords against the various meters, with 10 of them being ranked among the world’s most commonly used passwords (including ‘password’ and ‘123456’).

Of the 10 explicitly weak passwords, only five of them were consistently scored as such by all the password meters, while ‘Password1!’ performed far better than it should do and was even rated strongly by three of the meters.

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