Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of a company that protects other people from hackers, has shielded his Twitter accounts with a 14-character password. To go even further, he activated the two-step authentication, a way to protect the account even in case the password gets cracked.
On the other hand, Cooper Quintin, chief technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, decided not to even run an anti-virus program on his computer. Generally, his advice pretty much goes in line with what the other experts are saying. However, when it comes to anti-virus software, it is not a big part of his recommendations, and he does not use one personally. He opposes it from a philosophical standpoint, claiming it lowers people’s guard against security threats.
Due to the fact that his computer runs Linux, this is an understandable choice, since the operating system is secure enough by design that it does not really need one. Quintin admitted that if he was running Windows, he would probably be using anti-virus software of some sort.
Avivah Litan, security researcher at Gartner, decides to ignore the commonly-accepted rule of using different passwords for different websites. Her argument is that she uses simple passwords for non-important websites, because such data is not important enough to stress over in case it gets stolen. When it comes to banking and similar sites, however, she always comes up with a strong and robust password.