“Passwords are the softest security target and until people and organisations start adopting strong authentication in the form of, for instance, two-factor authentication this problem won’t go away” – Jason Hart, VP Security at CRYPTOCard.
The article in IT Pro Is your password really as secure as you think it is? has some thoughts on how to create and encourage better passwords. The methods seem a bit tedious for normal computer users who have little on their computers to steal, but the logic of creating a method for all passwords and sticking to it is an important one to promote.
The overall topic is social engineering…and how the BlackHats are getting very clever at making tools to crack more elaborate passwords.