Everyone has lots of passwords to remember these days. The advent of the Internet brought with it all sorts of security problems for its users. Not to worry though, as soon we may have a secure solution to our password problems in the form of Winfrasoft’s PinGrid. Why is it so secure? PinGrid can use visual patterns to identify the user.
CeBIT is the world’s biggest high-tech fair and this year, developers have said that one of the biggest frustrations of owning a smartphone and a computer is remembering the almost endless stream of sufficiently secure passwords for those devices and the numerous accounts held on them.
Steven Hope, managing director of Winfrasoft said, “The problem of passwords is that they are very weak, they are always getting hacked, and also from a user point of view, they are too complicated, everybody has 20, 30, 60 passwords…They all have to be different, no one can remember them, so everybody writes them down or resets them every time they log in. They don’t work in the real world today.”
The proliferation of passwords is so great, that it is a struggle on a daily basis, for users to cope with so many of them. When social media companies and e-commerce forms fail to encrypt and protect their servers correctly, there can be a problem when many people use thoughtless codes like “123456” or “password” It is these codes which are still the most common even though these are the ones that can easily cracked. It is in response to these vulnerabilities that Winfrasoft have developed an alternative secure solution, which is based on a four-colour grid with numbers inside the grid, which resemble a Sudoku puzzle. The user selects a pattern on the grid as their “password” but because the numbers inside the grid change once every 60 seconds, the code changes also, thereby making it far harder to crack. “There is no way anybody could see which numbers you are looking at. You see typing numbers but you don’t know what the pattern is because each number is here six times,” Hope said.
Is this a viable solution to the ever-increasing montage of passwords we all need? How can this be implemented in daily I.T. use? If you have any sensible comments regarding this story, please leave your comments in the section below.
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