An anonymous reader writes: For all the repeated advice to use different, complex password for each online account, users are still opting for easy-to-guess, short ones and use them repeatedly across many websites and online services. Unfortunately, it seems that security professionals must make peace with the situation, or find another way to make users listen and do as they are counselled. But is the experts' advice sound? A trio of researchers from Microsoft Researcher and Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada are of a different mind, and are challenging that long-held belief that every account needs a strong password.
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