Websites SHOULD allow you to cut and paste passwords to access them, according to UK cybersecurity experts
- The National Cyber Security Center has released a new password guide
- GCHQ offshoot worries people are reusing passwords multiple times
- Consumers complain about increasingly complex password requirements
- NCSC thinks copying and pasting passwords could solve this problem
Websites should allow customers to cut and paste passwords to access their accounts according to advice from Britain’s National Cyber Security Council.
The NCSC is part of the GCHQ and provides advice to businesses and individuals on how to protect their data and accounts from possible cybercriminal attacks.
Many website developers prevent users from copying and pasting passwords during the login process, believing that this provides an additional element of security.
But according to Britain’s top cyber experts, consumers, who are forced to use increasingly complex passwords, are likely to repeat the same sentence on multiple sites.
This, according to the NCSC, puts the security of all of their accounts at risk in the event of a data breach in one place.
Websites should allow customers to cut and paste passwords during the login process, as this reduces the risk of becoming victims of cybercrime according to the National Cyber Security Council.
Experts from NCSC – which is part of GCHQ, said that requiring increasingly complex passwords from customers means individuals are more likely to reuse a phrase across multiple sites.
The NCSC has published a six-point plan to protect your various accounts from cyber attacks
According to NCSC: “We think it’s one of those ‘best practice’ ideas that has an instant common sense appeal that maybe once made sense. Considering the big picture today, it really doesn’t make sense.
“The main reason password sticking improves security is because it helps reduce password overload, which we cover in our Guide to Passwords.
“Allowing password pasting makes web forms work well with password managers.
“Password managers are software (or services) that choose, store, and enter passwords into online forms for you. “
The NCSC believes that password managers can prevent this overload because they can control different complex sentences at multiple sites.
In addition, it eliminates the risk of entering an incorrect password and being blocked on your account.
The main disadvantage of a password manager is that if the phrase protecting it is breached, all other accounts are vulnerable to fraud.
NCSC experts said, “Imagine if you didn’t have a password manager, or even that unprotected document on your computer containing your passwords.
“Without password managers, it would be next to impossible to remember all of your passwords.”
If someone reuses the same password or writes post-its in an easy-to-find place, like on a computer screen, it leaves accounts vulnerable.
Additionally, some users may decide that a simple or easy to guess word is less complicated.
Many Internet users complain that they have to memorize too many complex passwords to log into multiple websites.
Critics complain that allowing password sticking “allows brute force attacks” while making them easier to protect because people don’t have to use them every time you log in.
Additionally, reviews suggest that having passwords on a computer clipboard makes them vulnerable to interception.
However, the NCSC rejects these criticisms and instead argues that companies should increase their cybersecurity, making their networks less vulnerable to attack.
The NCSC added, “Rather than stopping password sticking, help your computers avoid getting viruses in the first place by following our tips on keeping business IT secure.
“And install the software updates – the computer version of consuming your fruits and vegetables.” It is one of the best ways to secure your computer. ‘