Definitely, anything connected to your money or to your email should have its own, unique password. (Email access can unlock other things, if "you" "forget" a password.) Sites like A|N and Facebook are important too: I really wouldn't want someone to delete my stuff, or lose friends and influence people by posting crap in my name.
But passwords for such things as reading newspaper articles aren't a big deal.
A good long memorable original phrase, or a password derived from one, is a lot easier to remember (and harder to guess) than a word or two with digit or symbol substitutions -- "was that a 0 or an O"? Password-guessing programs have begun to include such s!mple variati0ns in their attacks.
This xkcd cartoon has sparked debate, but there's no question that we can do better than "training people to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember but easy for computers to guess."
(And here's a cartoon explanation of the dictionary (i.e. word list) attack.)
(And Spud, thanks for the laugh about the "characters" and "capital" in the password!)
Like pdmuaw... passwords drive me up a wall?
Here's the password card site and a sample card. It looks like a good idea to me, but I can't guarantee it because I've not gotten around to using it yet. Take it for what it's worth:
That looks like a strong (unguessable) scheme, IF nobody gets hold of your card or the card number that generates it. If someone does, then there are approximately as many ways to choose a password from the card as there are to guess a random common English word (taking only a few seconds for the bad guys).
It is a crazy world in which we live, and an insane time. Think back to when you were ten years old. Could you have foreseen any of this?
In my 78 years, I saw the first lightbulb in my grandparents home, first telephone, first inside toilet. Just think, we surround ourselves with miracles every day and think nothing of it. I'm going to visit my great-grandkids in a few days and always just marvel at trying to imagine what they will see. I hope it is peace with justice, brought about without war.
Well, I guess we might just as well have some fun today, using the best of what we have and playing with ideas of what we would like the future to be. It is all just a crap shoot anyway.