By now, I’m sure you’ve all experienced the concept of the “strong” password. We’ve been told that strong passwords will keep us protected against the bad guys. While this is partially true, its important to understand WHY strong passwords are a good practice, as well as understanding other good practices related to passwords.
In the most basic terms, having a strong password protects you against being hacked, in some instances. There are some cases where having a strong password doesn’t even matter. It can be argued that if a virus or piece of malware installs a key logger on your system, chances are, they already have what they’re looking for anyway, so the password is irrelevant. A key logger is a utility that logs every key you type. This information is typically sent back to the attacker, who will then use the information for other purposes. Chances are, they’re not looking for your password, but more important things, like credit card data. This, in my opinion, does not give you a free pass to use weak passwords.