Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Scientists Come Up With Pass Codes You Can't Forget

Very cool. It even defeats spying shoulder surfers.

LaTi reports:
Researchers at Britain's University of York and the University of Glasgow have created a new password system that could one day allow users to access their bank accounts, their phones or their favorite websites simply by picking out a familiar face from a grid of nine faces, four times in a row. 

They call the system Facelock, and according to a new study published in the journal Peer J, it is teeming with benefits. Most impressively, users were able to log into a test system using Facelock after not using it for an entire year. Imagine remembering a traditional, complex password for that long!
I wonder,though, if my necessary "z-lists celebrities" were Austrian economists, then others familiar with Austrians would be able to break my passcode.

Details on how and why it works, here.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, it would seem that people who know you well would be able to potentially get through this.

    That's always been my concern with a lot of "security questions" on various websites. Random strangers might not know the name of the street I grew up on, my first pet, or my grandma's first name... but my friends, family, and most importantly, psychotic ex-girlfriends just might...