I taught a class on Internet Safety to 3rd graders. We talked about examples of creating strong passwords and how to vary them across accounts. We had fun doing it by making up phrases and turning them into crazy passwords to use.
By the way, are you a user on Gawker.com? If so, are you one of the 100,000 people out of their 1.3 million users that had your user id and password posted online for the world to see?
Just to be on the safe side, here are a few tips you may want to use:
1. Vary your password across different sites
2. Make up a phrase and use the first letter of each word alternating lower and upper case
3. Add numbers and special characters for effect
"FBI Investigating Gawker.com Hack", Fox News, December 14, 2010.