Using Graphics as Passwords

Using pictures as passwordsInstead of remembering letters, number, and symbols, the brain has an easier time remembering pictures. Researchers at Newcastle University have created a way to use graphics as passwords. The user first chooses a background and then draws, freehand, and picture on top of the background. This becomes the password. The background gives the user clues to where they place each part of the drawing. This is called “Background Draw a Secret.”

These types of passwords are more complex than traditional ones and would be harder to break. They are currently being developed for handheld devices, but researchers are now looking at their use with those that have difficulty with text, such as those with dyslexia.

[Newcastle University press release]
[from Slashdot]

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