Turning pictures into passwords
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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- News: Experts envision graphics-based passwords (9 May 2002)