New advice is use fewer passwords – why the change of tack?

2019-03-02 08:14:01

David Malan/Getty The minds behind the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) – heirs of code-breaking computing pioneer Alan Turing – have pronounced that long-standing advice on internet password security is ineffective. After Edward Snowden’s revelations about GCHQ’s role in mass personal data harvesting alongside the US National Security Agency, sceptics may be inclined to take such guidance with a pinch of salt. But we should cut them some slack: this point is a powerful one. Until now the official advice has been to set a different strong password for every website we log in to,