A clear lesson should be learned from the Trapster incident where hackers where able to break into the websites database and compromised the e-mails and passwords of many users causing a wave of breaches across other social networks.
“Trapster’s gaffe comes a little more than a month after hackers rooted Gawker Media servers and made off with some 1.5 million user passwords and corresponding email addresses. After a file containing the booty was posted online, many users of Twitter, Facebook, and other popular websites reported a spike in account breaches, indicating the sad fact that some folks can’t be bothered to use a unique password for different sites.” – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/21/trapster_website_hack/
Users should find alternative methods to creating and managing their passwords such as using software tools like “Wallet” and “1Password”. Tools like these enable users to generate unique secure passwords for each service they use and manage them all across their devices by using one master password. The web is getting bigger and our involvement within it keeps getting deeper and deeper, which makes us more vulnerable. Its time to take steps to protect ourselves from these kinds of problems once and for all.