Thursday, January 19, 2006

Graphical Passwords Enhance Computer Security

A new approach on system passwords and security...

"How safe is your online information? Not nearly enough, due largely to the secrecy of personal passwords being easily compromised by hackers and “shoulder surfers.”

A research team at Rutgers University—Camden has developed a unique solution to this growing problem: forget about words and numbers when crafting passwords for your computer and online accounts, and use images instead.

This next wave of computer password security could very well result in greatly enhanced security for online retailers and sensitive information stored on computer hard drives.

According to Jean-Camille Birget, a professor of computer science at Rutgers University-Camden, violations of personal information and access to both networks and individual computers is due largely to the relative ease for a criminal to co-opt a private password. “In order to make your password secure enough, you have to make it harder to remember, which means that you’re more apt to forget it” says Birget, who also notes that people rarely pick random passwords and instead choose something familiar that might not be hard for someone else to guess."   continued ...   (Via Rutgers)

Using graphics as passowords - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Using graphics for passwords

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