Passwords-A thing of the past?
Do you keep on forgetting your passwords? Do you have a lot of passwords? Do you change them as frequently as you should? Have you ever forgotten the password that accesses all your other passwords? Well, losing your password is 21st century equivalent of losing your front door key.
What if you could replace the password with the thoughts in your brain. PASSTHOUGHTS.
Some Berkeley researchers think they can get you to emit your password through your thoughts.
Well yes, A new tech lets you use your brain thoughts which are supposedly always unique and different from one another to set your password. These systems , as of now require you to wear a head-gear that records your unique neuro-logical signals as you hum a tune, or think of a particular thought.
Building on previous research, Chuang, along with Thomas Maillart, University of California, Berkeley, and Benjamin Johnson, Carnegie Mellon University, figured out how to authenticate users to their computer systems using brainwave signals — passthoughts — collected by consumer-grade wireless headsets and wearable devices containing electroencephalography (EEG) sensors. “This possibility is especially interesting because brain-wave-based authentication naturally meets the criteria for two-factor authentication,” mentions the researchers’ paper My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts (PDF).
“Furthermore, it provides one-step two-factor authentication, since both factors can be presented at the same time. This is particularly important from a usability perspective, as many users balk at the extra effort required to present a second authentication factor.”
Since it is a new technology, people are very skeptical of it, and there is already scores of studies on how it can be hacked.
Since no system is fool-proof, how this one tackles its follies will be a interesting study to followup on.
The paper that exploits the idea of how it can be hacked can be found here .
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