What The Experts Have To Say About Password Security

“Simply, people can no longer remember passwords good enough to reliably defend against dictionary attacks, and are much more secure if they choose a password too complicated to remember and then write it down. We’re all good at securing small pieces of paper. I recommend that people write their passwords down on a small piece of paper, and keep it with their other valuable small pieces of paper: in their wallet.”Bruce Schneier Internationally renowned security technologist and author. (source)
“I claim that password policy should say you should write down your password. I have 68 different passwords. If I am not allowed to write any of them down, guess what I am going to do? I am going to use the same password on every one of them.”
“Since not all systems allow good passwords, I am going to pick a really crappy one, use it everywhere and never change it. If I write them down and then protect the piece of paper–or whatever it is I wrote them down on–there is nothing wrong with that. That allows us to remember more passwords and better passwords.”Jesper Johansson Senior Program Manager for security policy at Microsoft. (source)
“Write down your passwords; your wallet is a lot more secure than your computer.”Dr. Whitfield Diffie Chief Security Officer, Sun Microsystems (source)
“In general, passwords written on a piece of paper are more difficult to compromise across the Internet than a password manager, Web site, or other software-based storage tool, such as password managers.”Microsoft (source)