Sigh. Most things online don't really need passwords, it's just a blighted nuisance that's going to lock people out of sites when they lose the stupid password and the recovery routine fails. For ordinary purposes, where you wouldn't bother locking the site if it wasn't required, a handful of easy-to-remember passwords will do fine.
For anything truly sensitive: don't even use an English word. A foreign word in an obscure language is more secure. For maximum security, use a random string of whatever letters/numbers/symbols the system will allow. Nothing is unhackable but you can make it so inconvenient that only a maximum-strength program that tests ALL combinations will guess the password.
This poem came out of the March 20, 2012 bonus fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from DW user aoifes_isle and an earlier comment by the_vulture. It has been sponsored by janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins, and you can find out more about that on the Serial Poetry page.
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