This is an excellent article about how crappy your password probably is.
Security is not just about strong encryption, good anti-virus software, or techniques like two-factor authentication. It’s also about the “fuzzy” things … involving people. That’s where the security game is often won or lost. Just ask Mat Honan.
We – the users – are supposed to be responsible, and are told what to do to stay secure. For example: “Don’t use the same password on different sites.” “Use strong passwords.” “Give good answers to security questions.” But here’s the troublesome equation:
more services used = more passwords needed = more user pain
… which means it only gets harder and harder to follow such advice. Why? Because security and practicality are in conflict.
Read the whole article here:
Fighting Hackers: Everything You’ve Been Told About Passwords Is Wrong | Wired Opinion | Wired.com.