In this latest article, Dan Goodin talks about how new and ever growing technology is making it easier for crackers to break your password and take hold of your accounts. Goodin goes on to explain the many different types of programs and hardware that can put you at risk.
The average Web user maintains 25 separate accounts but uses just 6.5 passwords to protect them, according to a landmark study (PDF) from 2007. As the Gawker breach demonstrated, such password reuse, combined with the frequent use of e-mail addresses as user names, means that once hackers have plucked login credentials from one site, they often have the means to compromise dozens of other accounts, too.
To read more about Goodin’s findings and his suggestions for good password practices, check out his full article here.