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Password Security Agency

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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Password Security Agency

This is an online game where learners are trained to create a secure password. After entering a password and seeing how long it would take a computer to crack it through brute force guessing, they are given suggestions on how to improve it by adding more unusual characters. Their mission: choose an "Ultra Mega Top Secret" password and gain high-level security clearance in the Password Security Agency. Some background math is given about the assumptions for cracking time, based on the number of characters in the password, and a hacker's computer trying 100,000 passwords a second.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List

  • Computer with internet connection


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Computing
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Probability
    • Measurement
      • Rate
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Computers
  • Crime Science
  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, OMSI, ©2002

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation


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