Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 10th Nov 2012 07:28 UTC
Bugs & Viruses If you want to ensure you have adequate passwords but don't have the time or interest to study the topic, there's a useful basic article on how to devise strong passwords over at the NY Times. It summarizes key points in 9 simple rules of thumb. Also see the follow-up article for useful reader feedback. Stay safe!
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by spiderman on Mon 12th Nov 2012 17:37 UTC
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Seriously, your password need just be good enough for the job. You don't need an armored door when the windows are wide open or the walls are made of paper. Hackers will seek the lowest hanging fruits.
http://xkcd.com/538/
Use your brain online and don't rely on password for anything important. If your bank is only asking for a password to transfer money then change your bank. It should at least send you an SMS with a temporary secret code or chalenge you with something else.

CPU power is cheap, especially to crackers who have access to botnets and it will be worse when they have mobile bots. Even brute force can be done if it pays. Your password is just there to protect unimportant data from being stolen because it is cheaper to get it from another way or because it's not worth the trouble.

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