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Scientists Create an Ultra Secure Subconcious-based Password System

A group of neuroscientists and cryptographers have created a way to generate a complex and secure password that is stored in the user’s subconscious memory, making it essentially immune to extraction by coercion.

The system hinges on the principle of implicit learning, wherein your mind learns new information and patterns but in a fashion which you don’t consciously recall learning the information. To facilitate this process, the researchers created a simple video game with an interface like the popular game Guitar Hero. Participants in the study played the game, effectively learning a specific set of notes/keys that was hidden within the game sequence. Because of the prior practice and exposure, the participants would then consistently perform better on their specific key sequence than other key sequences in the future, effectively authenticating themselves via the implicit learning that had taken place. It’s as if everyone ran a difference version of a maze and then, in the future, did the best on sections of a randomly constructed maze that resembled their training maze.

Hit up the link below for the full white paper on the topic.

Designing Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks (PDF) [via Extreme Tech]

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  • Published 07/23/12

Comments (8)

  1. r

    no, I much prefer using “12345″ as my password for everything in life

  2. Kevalin

    “no, I much prefer using “12345″ as my password for everything in life…”

    Ha! What a piker! Me, I prefer to use “password” as MY password.

  3. g

    It’ better use “very complicate” as password hahaha

  4. harry

    always said, use a strong password… that’s what I did, password “strong”

  5. Robert

    No, you use the number pi… how many digits is yours to discover… :P

  6. Jack

    In case anyone wants to take up Robert’s challenge, here is Pi to about 100 laces

    3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679

    Enjoy

  7. JimR

    I just use *************. Unfortunately, anybody looking at your screen will see what it is. ;->

  8. NimrodPing

    “A group of neuroscientists and cryptographers have created a way to generate a complex and secure password that is stored in the user’s subconscious memory, making it essentially immune to extraction by coercion” – Doesn’t make it immune to Inception though does it, eh?

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