The Mail on Sunday is reporting that crucial access codes and passwords for the Government Gateway systems has been found on a pen drive in a car park. What a surprise, first it was data of people that was lost, now they're losing the passwords to the systems on a bloody memory stick.
The only place passwords ought to be written down is on paper in a safe, and even then it's not the best solution. The people that need the passwords should simply just know them and not need to put them on a memory stick.
This is not the first time I have heard about the Government Gateway. Apparently DWP staff don;t get printed salary slips anymore and can only access them online. That's the sort of information that is invaluable to a fraudster.