Password risks include:

  • Brute force attacks
  • Data (including passwords) stolen via unprotected Wi-Fi traffic, social engineering attempts, and hackers
  • Easy to guess/break passwords

The most important factors in creating a secure password are making it long and not sharing it.

  • A good approach is to use a nonsensical (or non-obvious personal) passphrase
  • Avoid “Daisy-chaining” or using the same password on multiple sites
  • Mandatory regular password changes are actually counterproductive