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What if a password didn’t contain words?

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We’ve already discussed that hackers use dictionaries to help hack your passwords, but what if your passwords were controlled by your mind, not by words?

Researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Information announced that they are working on technology that reads your mind to open your email account, buy an app on iTunes, and check your bank balance. Security researchers determined that electroencephalograms (EEGs) are a reliable-enough indicator of individuality to substitute for a password. Also, there are now relatively inexpensive Bluetooth devices that measure your EEG and connect to your computer without any brain implants.

In the meantime, your passwords should still have a tough non-dictionary word with a combination of numbers to protect your information.

We’re wondering what these new security measures will be called. TechCrunch suggested “passthoughts.” What do you think a telepathic password should be called?

188 Comments

  1. sfc0 -  April 15, 2014 - 10:12 am

    I like the “Brainlock” name people are suggesting. I think it would sound great in a sentence:

    “Don’t worry, my account’s brainlocked so nobody else can get in.”

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  2. wayne -  April 14, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    It should be a completely new word…teleword…

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  3. A Religious Fellow -  April 14, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    I think it should be Jesus or Sabbath.

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  4. minecracker forge -  April 14, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    hmm seems a little shady but its great idea

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  5. Miss Edna -  April 13, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Wow, that’s pretty cool. But it would be creepy if someone could read my mind . . . 0.O

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  6. The Ender 700 -  April 12, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    I think it should be “brainlock” or “cerepass”

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    • Audrey Mai -  April 14, 2014 - 5:51 pm

      I agree. But what about thoughtlock or mindcode?

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  7. Sharkisha -  April 12, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    I agree with The Ender 700

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