For some silly reason, Blogger won't allow me to respond to posts on my own blog. Really? WTH?! So, if you're thinking I've ignored you, please don't. I'm not, I just haven't gotten the folks at Blogger to get it straightened out yet.
I had someone ask me this question the other day and thought I'd share: "How many passwords do you have?" I had to get it clarified, because that question has a different meaning for different people on different sides of the IT equation. It was not the one meaning how many passwords do I have "on hand" to rotate through when my password expires on any account I may have. Instead it was more along the lines of: how many accounts do I have that I have separate AND unique passwords in use.
Easy: Well over 50. Why? Because I know too much about how hackers work, how script kiddies work, and how easy it really can be to ruin someone's life or business by getting simply one password. So yep, over 50. And no, I don't rotate them through my other accounts. They are complex passwords, not easily remembered. And I make up new ones everytime one expires or needs to be reset (roughly every 90 days). Which is why I have an electronic safe that keeps track of a good chunk of my more rarely used accounts and passwords for me.
Sure, it's a bit more work. No, it's not foolproof. But just like having very large, heavy, protective dogs with BIG teeth at home, it's just another obstacle in the way of whoever's trying to get at my stuff.
Although truthfully, I have no idea why anyone would want my data anyway. My credit rating is pretty much crap, I don't have much in assets (unless you want to count all my books, vintage sewing machines, and unfinished craft projects) and my truck is older than all but one of my nephews and nieces. And I'm still un-published. Still, it's my crap and I'd kind of like to keep it mine thank-you-very-much.
Think about these: How many accounts and passwords do you have? When did you last reset your email/blogger/Amazon/B&N/social networking/gaming/website passwords? Are they all using different passwords? Do you have all the security devices in place? Example: gmail and Yahoo! ask for a primary email address to be able to send reset password requests to, and Facebook would like your cell phone for that as well. Kind of like routine maintenance on air filters for your furnace and batteries for smoke detectors, you really should change them on a regular basis.