Turning pictures into passwords

Tuesday, 21 May 2002, 5:09 PM EST

As we become ever more reliant on computers, remembering your passwords or coming up with one obscure enough to be secure can be a huge headache.

If your password is as simple as the word, password, then logging on via a picture might be the answer.

Microsoft is one of several firms working on image-based password systems.

One such system being developed at Microsoft's research lab in the US uses a single image on which the a person makes a series of clicks.

A painting with plenty of detail is the most suitable.

Researchers are also working on a system which uses a library of faces.

A person has to choose half a dozen in a particular order as their password.

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