John P. over at One Man’s Blog did a really great article on passwords, how to avoid weak ones and why you should be concerned with the strength of all of them. The only thing I would change would be putting the following parts of the article at the top, not towards the bottom, because I think this will make people want to read it:
“Another thing to keep in mind is that some of the passwords you think matter least actually matter most. For example, some people think that the password to their e-mail box isn’t important because “I don’t get anything sensitive there.” Well, that e-mail box is probably connected to your online banking account. If I can compromise it then I can log into the Bank’s Web site and tell it I’ve forgotten my password to have it e-mailed to me. Now, what were you saying about it not being important?
Often times people also reason that all of their passwords and logins are stored on their computer at home, which is save behind a router or firewall device. Of course, they’ve never bothered to change the default password on that device, so someone could drive up and park near the house, use a laptop to breach the wireless network and then try passwords from this list until they gain control of your network – after which time they will own you!
Now I realize that every day we encounter people who over-exaggerate points in order to move us to action, but trust me this is not one of those times. There are 50 other ways you can be compromised and punished for using weak passwords that I haven’t even mentioned.
I also realize that most people just don’t care about all this until it’s too late and they’ve learned a very hard lesson.”
Head on over to One Man’s Blog and check the article out for yourself, it is well worth the read.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Technomagic authored by David. Read the original post at: https://varne.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/best-password-explaination-i-have-seen-yet/