Now that we’re all well and truly quaking from the news Russians have stolen over a billion passwords perhaps you’ve thought about stepping up your online security.
But changing to another password after yet another massive security breech is proving tiresome and just bloody hard to remember. There may be an easy solution in the form of an app idea from an 18-year-old: just use pictures.
The app called uSig has been created by Aussie Dan Crowther and he’s currently showing it off to fellow cybersecurity geeks at Passwords Con in Las Vegas.
To ensure the highest strength password around you need to make it as complex as possible but good luck trying to remember that. But you could have a 512-character length password and all you’d need to do is pick a photo on your mobile.
A photo is easy to remember and it could avoid hacking tricks such as keylogging as the tiles of photos on screen will never be in the same place twice. It could even work with websites continually changing passwords to confuse hackers, but not you, as all you need to do is choose that image. Easy.
The idea has yet to be tested in the wild. Problems such as someone looking over your shoulder and easily clocking that picture, because it’s easier for hackers to remember a picture too, will have to be addressed. But the idea could be a great step for security as even biometric security is vulnerable. It’ll also be a massive timesaver.
source : new.com.au