Scholars have ideas about how to help solve our password problems.
A roundup of research into what makes passwords secure, and options for new standards of login authentication.
Make it longer than 12 characters!
Recent federal changes to password-strength guidelines echo the findings of research we've been doing. It's time to think differently about what makes a password secure.
What if you could unlock your smartphone this way?
A simple idea that's surprisingly secure: drawing your own unlock pattern on a touchscreen. Faster and easier to remember than a password, and much harder to guess or crack.
An alternate choice for unlocking a smartphone.
Lydia Kraus et al., 'On the Use of Emojis in Mobile Authentication,' 2017.
Useful for expressing moods, emotions and nuances in messages, emojis could have another use: as your next smartphone password.
An artist’s depiction of the ‘shibboleth incident.’
Detail from art by H. de Blois, from The Bible and Its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons, vol. 3, edited by Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer, 1908
Going as far back as the Bible, and as widely known as the phrase 'Open, Sesame,' passwords are a textual link to our past. But they may not be around much longer.
‘No, I absolutely do not wish to change my password, thanks.’
If security advice from government agencies doesn't ring true, customers won't take it – which puts us all at risk.
How secure are you?
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The first line of cyberdefense is having a good password. What does research say about what that actually means?
What if even you didn’t know your own password?
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As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers' privacy?
Saying they are is to dangerously misunderstand the limits of scientific enquiry.
Believe it or not but ‘123456’ and ‘password’ are still used by people today as passwords.
Tech giant Microsoft wants to rid the world of "dumb" passwords to improve online security. But maybe it's the password itself we should dump.
Plans to introduce voice and facial recognition technology for online shopping and banking point to a password-free future.
How secure are your passwords?
No matter how many times people are warned to set strong secure passwords, many don't. So why do people take the risk? And is there anything else they can do to be more secure online?
Cyber crime costs South Africa between R2,5 billion and R5,8 billion annually.
South Africans are being targeted by cyber criminals. Consumers are fleeced because their passwords make them vulnerable.