We have long been told that we should often change our passwords but now leading experts from Britain’s security service are saying that online data will be safer if you do not regularly change your password.
The advice now from GCHQ’s cyber security department, the Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) is to find a safe password and stick with it.
The latest reports came in wake of a GCHQ briefing to Whitehall, banks and other groups who are viewed as vulnerable.
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The experts conducting the briefing said “It’s one of those counter-intuitive security scenarios; the more often users are forced to change passwords, the greater the overall vulnerability to attack. Most password policies insist that we have to keep changing them. And when forced to change one, the chances are that the new password will be similar to the old one.”
It seems that cyber attacks are more common than we have previously feared with a recent survey suggesting that two thirds of large businesses had been affected in the last year.
This led to UK MPs calling for an investigation into how Brits can keep themselves out of danger.
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Only last month thousands of pregnant women in the UK fell victim to a cyber attack when the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) website was hacked and names and passwords of 15,086 parents were stolen.
It is feared that these breaches will become increasingly common as cyber criminals develop more sophisticated ways to breach defences setup by online operators.
Microsoft has also comment on the issue with a spokesman saying “Microsoft has security measures in place to detect account compromise and requires additional information to verify the account owner and help them regain sole access.”