May’s IT Security Briefing from NCS IT

May’s IT Security Briefing from NCS IT

This month you can find out about:

  • Why you need to update Whatsapp immediately;
  • The most commonly used and easily-guessed passwords;
  • Microsoft’s surprising new password recommendations;
  • When Windows 7 and Server 2008 will reach the end of the line – hint: soon!

We hope you enjoy this issue, if there is anything you would like us to cover in future briefings, please email me on

Whatsapp users are being urged to update their app as a matter of urgency. A flaw has been discovered where hackers were able to install surveillance software on devices. The surveillance software would have let an attacker read messages on the device even though Whatsapp promotes itself as a secure app with end-to-end encryption.
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The NCSC has released its first UK Cyber Survey. A breach analysis found that 23.2 million victim accounts worldwide used “123456” as a password. NCSC has issued new password guidance stating that using three random words is the most secure method. They have also released the 100,000 most commonly used passwords, is yours on the list?
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Staying with the password theme, Microsoft has announced that there will no longer be a password expiry date in their baseline security settings after installing the Windows 10 May update.  Aaron Margosis from Microsoft, commented “recent scientific research calls into question the value of many long-standing password-security practices…”
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Don’t forget! Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 reach the end of the line in January 2020. This means there will be no more Windows Updates, software patches or security fixes for these products.
We have put together a useful briefing document which you can download for free here >

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