The PC Guy: If your password is Fluffy, you're doomed

02 Apr 2010, By Peter Grad

The results of two recent computer security polls show too many of us are doing a poor job securing our password-protected data.

With a typical computer user routinely accessing a dozen or more password-protected sites — from media to entertainment to financial sites — Symantec, the diagnostic and security software firm, found nearly half the respondents reuse a handful of passwords for all of their accounts. If one account is hacked, the culprit can use the same password to enter some of the user's other sites as well.