The ability to generate strong unique passwords for each and every website you have an account with has never been more important.
It’s not just basic personal information that is at risk, routine use of online banking and shopping sites means direct remote access to our finances as well.
It links to even more well written articles about password security and how to choose good passwords as well as to a blog article by Dan Goodin at Ars Technica giving a comprehensive review of password security.
The Ars Technica blog post gives a very good overview of the current state of play as regards password cracking capabilities and the generally bad password habits many people have that enable hackers to crack most peoples passwords almost instantaneously.
It also includes a number of facts and figures that many people may find astounding and hopefully that will get them to change their current password habits. For example:
"A PC running a single AMD Radeon HD7970 GPU, for instance, can try on average an astounding 8.2 billion password combinations each second"
If you have anywhere near the number of passwords we have to manage, it will undoubtably take time at the start to get everything in there and update all your passwords, but it is well worth the effort and pays off with login speed and security massively once up and running.
And finally, on a side (but extremely important) note, a lesson from one person’s experience as to the importance of solid backups in this brave new world of password management applications and online presence.