Microsoft Is About to Delete All Your Old Accounts After Just Two Inactive Years

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I've covered the extent to which cyber risk is an inside threat before. And last year, research from Clearswift suggested that the "true insider threat" which added inadvertent and malicious threats from the extended enterprise makes up 65% in the U.K. and 80% in the U.S of all cybersecurity incidents.

And the issue is worse at home. Over-simplified passwords and password reuse, open-access networks, insecure endpoints, and long-dormant accounts. Little surprise, then, that at the beginning of July, Microsoft quietly updated its account activity policy. From August 30, 2019, the company will now delete accounts that have been inactive for two years, a reduction from the previous five-year time period.


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