Let's admit it. Sometimes it's hard being a human. Especially when asked to create a password. The fact is that most people use the same password for every single web service to which they subscribe. The frightening part is that if someone has access to your Hotmail account from highschool, they may very well have access to your bank account. Today, we will discuss proper password management.
When choosing a password, the worst thing you can do is pick something that someone will be able to guess. Don't make your password "penguin" - even if you really really love penguins. Don't make your password "Florida" - even if you really were born there. The guy trying to break into your account will, of course, think of the most commonly used passwords. This includes: names of family members, places lived, favorite sports teams, "123456," "money," "love," etc. And then he will try each of the above followed with a 0, 1, or 123 because nobody wants to use 2 through 9, or god forbid, anything more complicated.
Anyway, let's play a little game. Go to this website. Find the simplest password that provides the best protection. My results:
The point of this demonstration is that it's pretty easy to create high level passwords without remembering a string of characters such as this: 8G2W#95D$5eKM53626N28W7298. Also, it's important. The barrier between the world and all of your personal information can be very thin.
Here's the really fun part - guess which of the above is my password.