The kinds of stuff people really do say when it comes to passwords is more along the lines of, "All they do is slow me down." "Noone I don't trust is ever near my computer." "I get it, but the easier to remember the better, right?" Etc.
Let me just say, a good password, a STRONG password is well worth the minimal effort that it's going to take you to either memorize it, or configure a secure way to remember it. (And that sticky note on the bottom of your keyboard? Not what I'd call secure)
About three years ago a major security breach took place at a somewhat popular website, a database of something like 25-30 million passwords was breached, and unsurprisingly, apparently a whole lot of people don't take their data security very seriously. Of the top 10 most common passwords here are five I consider to be especially enlightening:
A little bit amazing isn't it?
We live in the Digital Age. Just about everyone it seems has a computer, our phones are becoming more like computers every day, we scan, we swipe, we set up automated transactions, etc. A child born today will likely spend the majority of their life with some version of 802.11abgn (wireless networking standards) passing through his or her body, it's the way of the world. Instances of identity theft are higher than they've ever been, some people are making a lot of money trying to protect you, but there are a lot of very intelligent people out there who would rather figure out ways to spend your money than to make an honest living themselves.
My advice to you. Start with the small things, use secure passwords. Any of the following will help minimize the risk of you having your data compromised;
Any questions about any of this? Please don't hesitate to ask.