In his latest article, Dan Goodin says new technology is making it easier for crackers to break passwords and access accounts. Goodin explains that there are different types of programs and hardware that can put you at risk.
“The average Web user maintains 25 separate accounts but uses just 6 passwords to protect them. 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.”
Read Goodin’s entire article for suggestions of good password practices.