You really need to have different username / password combinations for everything. Remember, the technique is to break into anything you access just to figure out your standard password, then compromise everything else. This doesn't work if you don't use the same password everywhere.Hardly anyone I know does this. Why? Because it is too much effort to remember different passwords for different sites. (Fortunately, there are programs you can use to help resolve this problem, or you can create patterns to help you remember what each site's unique password is.) What reading this article reminded me most of was the barriers we create for ourselves. Ramit from I Will Teach You To Be Rich has a lot to say on the subject of barriers.
I think the source of 95%+ of barriers to success is...ourselves. It's not our lack of resources (money, education, etc). It's not our competition. It's usually just what's in our own heads. Barriers are more than just excuses--they're the things that make us not get anything done. And not only do we allow them to exist around us, we encourage them. There are active barriers and passive barriers, but the result is still the same: We don't achieve what we want to.Ramit's general advice is to identify the barriers in our lives and remove them, but this is of course much easier said than done. In the case of stronger passwords, what specific barriers are there?
- Remembering unique passwords for each site, and
- The time it takes to change each password on each existing site you are signed up for
Posted by on Sun, 4 Apr 2010