I work with people every day who entrust me with their passwords so I can assist them with their tech issues, and I am constantly amazed at the overly simplistic nature of passwords for tremendously important data. It is reminiscent of the scene in Spaceballs where Dark Helmet says of the code to a planet's protective shield, "So the combination is...one, two, three, four, five? That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!"
Even Dark Helmet gets that you need better passwords.
Yet, shockingly, far too many people are more concerned with their ability to remember a password than with its safety. With the recent Heartbleed security vulnerability and now the most recent hack of popular auction site Ebay, there is one thing everyone can do to protect themselves: change their passwords. Every time a company is hacked, it immediately tells its users to change their passwords.
By now, this should be common practice for anyone who uses the Internet with regularity, but it's not.More »