Research: Weird Works When It Comes to Passwords

Researchers at Microsoft and Harvard University warn that popular passwords pose a bigger risk to online security than weak ones and suggest that many tools to enforce strong passwords actually steer users to choices that are easy to guess.

The backers of the non-profit StopBadware.org consortium have launched a Web site where ordinary people can band together to fight computer viruses and adware. The online community site, called BadwareBusters.org, launched Tuesday and is sponsored by Harvard University’s Berkman Center, which runs StopBadware.org, and Consumer Reports WebWatch, an online information source for Web users.

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