Artificial intelligence tool fixes password weakness

Flaws in passwords can be eliminated with artificial intelligence (AI), say researchers. This includes identifying common words that hackers know, too. 

The mending is accomplished with AI-garnered analysis of existing insecure passwords, coupled with feedback to the user based on that. It makes password creation more reliable, say scientists from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago.

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The group says it’s no good simply telling users their password isn’t secure when they attempt to create one—like the current password strength meters do using colored graphs. The meter should tell the creator what’s wrong with the secret word and advise how to conjure up a better one.

That’s where AI comes in, the scientists say.

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