Cormac Herley is in the 95 percent who don’t. He’s principal researcher with Microsoft Research, an arm of the software giant.
“Passwords are the worst system in the world, except for all the other systems,” he says.
Herley recommends assigning different tiers to passwords. Using your best, most complex ones for work and banking, but devoting less effort to those that don’t matter as much. But even that can be a lot to ask, even for him.
“I write the passwords down and have a photocopy at home and a photocopy in the office and a couple copies here and there.”
But, could all that be compromising security?
“Well, I mean, um, yes,” he says.
I also love Harley’s repurposing of the democracy quote often attributed to Winston Churchill.