If you always thought that a weak password will easier bring problems for the account owner, you may actually be wrong. Weak passwords can in fact be, in some cases, a great idea, or at least this is what a new research from Microsoft revealed.
The new research reveals that Internet users are happier with weak passwords, which are simple to remember for accounts of low importance. The research also reveals that complex passwords, including letters, numbers and symbols, should only be used for special accounts, which hold sensitive information. This may include bank account information or other accounts that contain such data.
“Strategies that rule out password re-use or the use of weak passwords are sub-optimal. Both are valuable tools in balancing the allocation of effort between higher and lower value accounts,” a statement revealed.
Why are weak passwords a good idea in some cases? Naturally, a weak password is a simpler to remember password. This means that it will be harder to be locked out of an account. Forgetting a password for an account will surely mean being locked out of that account and storing all information in just one place, which may actually mean becoming more vulnerable to threats by hackers.
The study also comes with some recommendations. So, researchers claim that it will definitely be better to write down a password, in case you cannot be sure you will be able to always remember it. Writing down a password is not a bad thing if you can be absolutely sure you will keep it safe, with no way to be accessed by someone else.
So, Microsoft recommends users to pick weak passwords and reuse them, but keep in mind that this is a good idea only for low-impact sites. Using the same, easy to remember passwords, on different sites can positively impact the process of remembering passwords of increased complexity, for sites that really matter. And the truth is that remembering a series of complex passwords is as hard as possible, this is why they should be used only on sites that count.
Researchers also revealed that using a password manager or having them all saved in the same document might not be the best idea, either.