The other day, I tracked my net use for an hour and was truly taken aback that I had to log in to as many as 10 sites during that 60 minutes. 5 of the 10 locations had unique sign on information, which I had to look up before use due to 'forgetfulness'. Some of the passwords are assigned from work and can not be changed. I used to manage my passwords quite well, but no longer. I created a FileMaker pro database about 10 years ago and recorded my password information. I used several passwords and would record the site URL and the password used. When all the variations of symbols, capital letters, lower case, case sensitive, and numbers became the norm, my small managed list became a nightmare.
The November 5, 2012 edition of ComputerWorld has an article titled, "Why Passwords Still Fail Us". There are many who write down their passwords or keep them in an easy to access location. The article insists that password management is "now more important than ever." I've read many hints and tips over the years aimed at helping you create secure passwords. But then, if they are secure, why are they stolen? Are the security questions easy to hack?