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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?

191 Comments

  1. asa9ohan -  April 15, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    What about “passwave”? (password + brainwave)

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  2. kirssi -  April 15, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    i think it should be called brainlock it would sound funny in a sentence… my brainlock is brainlocked… lol that would be funny

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  3. 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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  4. wayne -  April 14, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    It should be a completely new word…teleword…

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

    I think it should be Jesus or Sabbath.

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    • kirssi -  April 15, 2014 - 1:05 pm

      so true haha

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

    hmm seems a little shady but its great idea

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Sharkisha -  April 12, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    I agree with The Ender 700

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  10. The Ender 700 -  April 12, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    If you comment that my ideas are stupid I swear to god I will do something.

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  11. The Ender 700 -  April 12, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    Well personally I think it should either be “BRAINCODE” or “CEREWAVES”

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  12. awesome -  April 12, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    i think it should be called the thoughtcoder or thought decoder

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  13. NSA Headquarters -  April 11, 2014 - 8:17 am

    Thanks for this! We are glad that now we do not just have the ability to read/hear all of your texts, calls, emails, messages, and electronic activity. But now we can read your mind to understand your thoughts because you prefer simplicity instead of security. Thanks for your sheer ignorance, we will make sure to thank you again when we show up to your doorstep to arrest you for “intellectual terrorism.” Have a great day.

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    • chris olivarez -  April 11, 2014 - 11:23 am

      fucking moronic idiot if anyone believed your stupid ass the world would be full of more retarded individuals any child can figure out the only reason they can read your texts and listen to your calls is because of the app permissions from the apps you download check it out for your self download app master and look through your bloat wear the apps that copme pre installed check the app permissions theres no reason hangouts a texting app needs to record audio to provide textx and no need for pandora to listen to phonecalls to provide music root your phone remove the apps with these properties go to developer options check mock locations and turn of your gps precise location and approximate and there you go guess who cant hear you now fucking retard my little sister did it shes 10

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  14. Ashira -  April 10, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    Reminded me of Doctor Who. The episode ‘The Doctor’s wife’ When Amy has to kind of think the pass code. If anyone else noticed this please reply.

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    • Fredrik -  April 13, 2014 - 1:50 am

      My thought exactly! :)

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    • Joe Bloggs -  April 13, 2014 - 9:07 pm

      I so agree. Doctor Who rocks

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  15. anne -  April 10, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    brainlock

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  16. will -  April 10, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    they should be called codethoughts

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  17. Jake -  April 10, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    ESPassword maybe.

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  18. kittymeow:) -  January 29, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    i think it should be called passthoughts maybe

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  19. CyberKik -  January 24, 2014 - 8:00 am

    I think uits should be called thinkpass or brainlock

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  20. Jhonny -  January 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    1. Telepassword
    2. Mindcont.
    3. Brain-word
    4. U.T.W.O.P.W.F.N.G (Ultimate telepathic way of password writing for new generations

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  21. R -  January 23, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Why would you want a computer to be able to read your mind?

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  22. Bill -  January 23, 2014 - 11:22 am

    Just call them “thinks.” That’ll drive the dictionary guys bonkers.

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  23. MinecraftRocks335 -  January 22, 2014 - 9:43 am

    @Cyberquill bad idea. If someone finds a fingerprint from you, bang. They have everything. I’d like to stick with passwords, but here’s a name:
    MindCheck

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

      hi

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  24. Bob -  January 22, 2014 - 6:54 am

    ughhh no that just one method look up brute force everyone brute force can hack no matter if there are words or not and even bypass “passthoughts”

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  25. Skylar -  January 21, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    I think it should be called a telepass

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  26. that1guyfrommn -  January 21, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    @Bluebird202 Love ‘em all except “Cybercode”. I would add “EEGP” or “Passwave”, perhaps.

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  27. Autumn -  January 21, 2014 - 8:54 am

    All of the serious attempts to name such a thing are pretty awful, haha.

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  28. Mimi -  January 19, 2014 - 2:24 am

    Starting with–Mental Number

    1-Shortened–MENTNUM
    2-Fused–MENUM
    3-Fused and Transposed–NUMENT

    OR
    Starting with–Cerebral Code

    1-Shortened–CEREBCODE
    2-Fused–CERECODE
    3–Acronym–”CC”

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  29. Luke -  January 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

    They should call it a “Thought wall”

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  30. k9lego -  January 17, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    In my opinion, it still would be easy to hack. There is data going from the brain thing, to the computer. You could just have a ‘virtual’ brain thing that inputs the complex data one change at a time! There are still ways to stop that, but there will NEVER be a way to stop hackers 100%. (I am 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999% sure of that!) :/ k9lego from scratch.mit.edu.

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    • andrewxc -  April 13, 2014 - 7:24 pm

      1) An EEG would likely grab several dozen data points, which may have more than two possible values each.
      2) Easy: Always go to the direct website, etc., never use links in emails… Just like today.

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  31. Erlingur -  January 14, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Numberwang

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  32. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 14, 2014 - 6:47 am

    @Ahmed Hammond:
    *raised eyebrows* And how would you “train the mind of another to receive a thought of the same frequency”? Although I have to admit, it would be cool if we could CHOOSE to send thoughts to others.

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  33. me -  January 13, 2014 - 11:59 pm

    password

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  34. 7777seven(777 is banned i think so new name) -  January 13, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    lol it should be telepathic combination or the TC for short

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  35. Ahmed Hammoud -  January 12, 2014 - 10:50 pm

    To Ray,
    “If you’re going to be featured on Dictionary.com, you should get your own definitions right: they’re not telepathic passwords, they’re electronic brain signatures. I would combine ‘electroencephalogram’ and ‘autograph, and call them EE-Graphs.”

    In my opinion, to you it may seem there is a difference, but to me I feel that this is a part telepathy and is one and the same just on the lesser scale.
    We teach our children how to speak vocally for years, we could teach society to become more telepathic though these types of programs. Understanding the process may take humans just as long to master telepathy just as we learned to how to walk and talk.
    If you train the mind to send a thought, you could train the mind of another to receive the same thought of frequency.
    Have you ever sat in a car driving with a friend and they said “Are you thinking what I am thinking? OMG Yes!?!”

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  36. Ahmed Hammoud -  January 12, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    A telepathic password should be called a “mime-pass”, Mimicking the thought of passage. A new word shortened “mimpass”

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  37. Jonathaaaaan -  January 12, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    Pretty sure we should call it Mindfap.

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  38. Hadley -  January 12, 2014 - 9:09 am

    How about Telepassic? (Like telePATHic?)

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  39. Caden S. -  January 12, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Maybe
    PhysicPass
    MindWord
    SecurityCortex
    MindLock

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  40. An Awesome Minecrafter -  January 12, 2014 - 4:49 am

    My first comment isn’t showing up. Strange.
    @Speedyquader:
    Yay! Do you have any horses? In case you (or any other Minecrafter) is confused, here goes Minecraft Horses 101: Horses are known to spawn naturally in grassland biomes, in herds of about 2 to 6 horses. They come in black, white, gray, brown, chestnut, tan, and possibly other colors I haven’t seen yet. Their markings can be speckled, spotted, splotched (pinto), dappled, white legs with a white stripe on the face, a combination of these, or none of them. Killing a horse gives you leather, but this is not advisable, since horses provide a valuable form of transportation. They vary in speed, strength, and jumping ability. Whether a horse spawns naturally or is spawned from the yellow spawner egg, it is wild until you tame it. This can be done by repeatedly right-clicking on the horse with nothing in your hand until hearts go up briefly or until you can open your inventory while on the horse. The process can be sped up by feeding the horse apples or sugar. (Carrots do not work.) The “horse inventory” has a picture of the horse with a space for a saddle and one for horse armor. Tamed horses can be ridden, but not controlled, unless they have a saddle on. Horse armor comes in iron, gold, and diamond varieties. It is found only in chests in dungeons or sand temples. If a horse is hurt, it will heal on its own if you are riding it; otherwise, it will only heal when near hay. To breed horses, click on two horses with a golden apple. The foal will resemble one of the parents or a combination of both – for example, if you breed a dappled gray horse and a white one, the foal may be dappled gray, white, or dappled gray with white markings. Hope this helps anyone confused about Minecraft horses!

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  41. Zainub -  January 11, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    i think all of the names are good.

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  42. Vivian -  January 11, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    I don’t like this idea. What about people suffering from mental disorders and neurological disorders? I, personally, can use words to the point of passing for normal behavior, but my thoughts? They spin in a million spirals, I could concentrate on one long enough for my mind to be “read”. And where does this data go? To the government?

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  43. Lloyd -  January 11, 2014 - 11:00 am

    Telecode
    nuerocode
    NueroSig (Signature)
    MindSig
    TeleSig or just telesignature
    Para Pass

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  44. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 10, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    @Speedyquader:
    Yay! Have any horses? I spawned 3 new ones yesterday: a black one with white spots, Snowflakes in Night Sky (Snowflakes for short); the identical foal that spawned with her, Night of Many Stars (Night for short); and a brown one with white legs and a white line on his face, Streak. I took Streak to join the herd of wild brown horses that lives by the river. Did you know that even if you have a wild horse on a lead, it won’t come inside a building?

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  45. Sean. -  January 10, 2014 - 4:14 am

    Cerebrolock,
    Encephalopass,
    Mindword.

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  46. Laura Nass -  January 9, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    If passwords didn’t contain words they would be pass. ;)

    (FWIW, I like “mindcode” too. From what I got from that article, I don’t think you need to think about anything in particular though; it’s enough for it just to read the waveform of your brainwaves.

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  47. Bluebird202 -  January 9, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    I’m thinking…
    MindCode
    TeleCode
    TelePass
    CyberCode

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  48. Speedyquader -  January 9, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    @Costance: the scans are just patterns… they just look for certain patterns that might represent anything from an image to an idea to a word or emotion… now that I think about it, I think it would be hard to use a passthought, because what if you’re angry at someone, or sad? plus, it would be almost impossible to replicate a scan, or even produce something similar.

    :D (I’m not sure if it worked, but I’m a Minecrafter)

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  49. Owen -  January 9, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    but what if somebody decapitates you and hooks up the scanner to get into your email. now you have to be worried about being decapitated. Just like the new iPhone finger situation people were worried about.

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  50. Ugonna -  January 8, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    I would say:
    Brainlock
    Transcode
    Passthought
    Keep as password
    not in order of preference.

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  51. Freeze! -  January 8, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    A good amount of the suggestions I’m reading sound like they would fit well in the Newspeak dictionary. :p

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  52. jerry yourdon -  January 8, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    MPP (Mind Password Processor)
    MPE (Mind Password Examination)

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  53. jerry yourdon -  January 8, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Maybe…
    Ideacode
    Mind Pin
    PsychePin
    Psychecode
    Passbubble
    Brain-Pin
    Or…
    Intellect Keyword
    Witskey (wits means mind)
    WitsPIN
    Witscode
    Intellect PIN/code/
    Or just simply ‘Password you preform with your mind’.

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  54. ThatGuy987654321 -  January 8, 2014 - 11:14 am

    Passthouts is a good one

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  55. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 8, 2014 - 3:09 am

    I see I have the first comment this year. It should be “Psylock” (or does that sound too much like “Psyduck” from Pokémon?) or “Mindpass.” Although “Passthoughts” is cool too.

    Some thoughts for Dictionary.com:
    What happened to my previous comment? Do you regularly (or randomly, for that matter) delete comments? And why are you recycling an old article? Surely you can come up with a new idea for an article. How about predictions for things that might happen this year? (Can’t wait to see comments for that.)

    @Webranger:
    No, it’s only in Britain that it’s “pyjamas.” In the USA the correct spelling is “pajamas.” Or you could just say “PJs.”

    @Sandypops:
    Huuhhhhh??

    If you play Minecraft, please put :D below your comment. it’ll be fun to see how many Minecrafters come here!

    :D

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  56. Jake -  January 7, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    ESPassword

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  57. Constance -  January 7, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    I think that’s a little scary. If you think about it… what else could it read from your mind that the Government could use against you. Our minds are the only things that can keep a secret, because our minds can’t talk. But when minds become translated for others to see. What horrible things could come out. Technology is a gift, not a right.

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  58. GoofyEX -  January 7, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Cyberquill if you used your thumb as a password a person can use any thing you touched like a glass and manipulate it onto a hand and use that as the password.

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  59. R&R -  June 4, 2013 - 11:39 pm

    IdX

    as it would IDentify you on any (X number of) systems/account

    (also because it has an X in the name)

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  60. R&R -  June 4, 2013 - 11:36 pm

    IdX

    as it would IDentify you on any (X number of) systems/accounts.

    (and just because it has an X in the name)

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  61. Ethan -  May 23, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    BrainPrint YEP :)

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  62. sophia -  May 15, 2013 - 12:31 am

    INCREDICODE!!!!

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  63. courtneykin.akaTHEAWESOMEONE -  May 15, 2013 - 12:29 am

    OMG IncrediCode does sound super cool!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D
    lol it reminds me of the Incredibles hehe. its like super power passcodes

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  64. sophia -  May 15, 2013 - 12:25 am

    i liked…
    First of all, i am thinking that this brain scanner thing will not literally read a picture or memory that you are thinking of. It will scan your brain and all of its information. In order to unlock your passcode protected things, your brain will be scanned to make sure it is a match. So basically it is a brain scanner, not a thought reader, am I correct?
    Here are more names that I liked:

    -BrainPrint/BrainCode
    -MindCode/MindKey
    -NeuroLock

    xD this one was super cool xD

    IncrediCode

    ……….cheee that sounds pretty cool to me
    it has a nice ring to it that people would remember

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  65. fhclause -  April 24, 2013 - 4:48 am

    This sounds almost like Psycho-Pass. Google it and you’ll know.

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  66. Ron -  April 20, 2013 - 2:59 am

    wordnumberword ;)

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  67. GingerlyWaysIsBack -  April 17, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    i would call it a ceive.. taking apart the word conceive
    …a creation… just like a password-it could be absolutely anything

    look at synonyms for verb concieve
    brainstorm etc… it makes sense to me and ceive isnt a word yet
    Plus ceive sounds password like. short and sweet
    =)

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  68. gortala -  April 16, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    if the password word didn’t contain the words i would call it as wordpass (meaning the word of the password had no usage anymore and are skipping the word.. so it can be call as wordpassby la….

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  69. Nidnat -  April 16, 2013 - 6:48 am

    the hot word never cease to surprise me! Thank you!!
    MuteWord! or Psychigraph!

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  70. ducklirious -  April 15, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    I like “password”. It still serves the same function of security. And passwords aren’t really “words” anyways. Consider the word ‘inbox’- in emails their is no literal box, but the function it serves still remains the same as what it derives from.

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  71. Anonymous -  April 15, 2013 - 11:03 am

    Mindlock

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  72. Lacey -  April 15, 2013 - 10:05 am

    du du dunnn

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  73. Hasan -  April 15, 2013 - 8:08 am

    That’s a really good idea ‘awesome’ :)

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  74. Hong -  April 15, 2013 - 7:21 am

    Not in order of preference:

    BrainFart
    Psykey
    Encephalokey
    Pysch0key [this name contains both upper and lower case letters and a numeric]
    DumbWord
    SmartPass [often mispronounced]
    SenileSafe

    uh . . . . [having a junior moment, sorry]

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  75. Webranger -  April 15, 2013 - 3:41 am

    “Llama ate my Pajamas” is funny, but he/she can’t spell. The word is “pyjamas.”

    Actually “pyjamas” would be a good name for this password-that’s-not-a-word. (Did you know, btw, that passwrod is one of the most frequently mistyped words in the English language?). Pyjamas cover the bits-that-ought-to-be-concealed when you’re not alert.

    Very apt. Lateral thinking.So a Log in section will ask, “please drop your pyjamas” and you’ll plug the cable into your ear.

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  76. Francois -  April 15, 2013 - 1:01 am

    A nice word could be telepass.

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  77. Anynomus -  April 14, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    PassMind,ThoughtLock, No Hackers, Mind Reader, or Bye-Ye Hackers

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  78. Hey -  April 14, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    Doesn’t anyone else think it’s creepy that computers are going to be able to read our minds?

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  79. Sydnie -  April 14, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    I would name it Myaling for the Greek work Mialos which means brain.

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  80. Sam -  April 14, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    They are creating a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist. I think we’re all too excited to get to the future with flying cars and pills with entire meals in them…

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  81. Greg -  April 14, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    O-O I wouldnt want a computer reading my mind. I have very nasty thoughts.

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  82. Raluca K. -  April 14, 2013 - 10:12 am

    It should be called a telepass.

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  83. pavlik -  April 14, 2013 - 8:35 am

    passbrain

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  84. Sandro -  April 14, 2013 - 6:09 am

    I like an earlier comment that suggested “mindpass”, it’s easy to pronounce, it sticks and it sounds awesome.

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  85. Dr. Y. NARASIMHA RAO -  April 13, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    Passwaves

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  86. lolguy -  April 12, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    i would call it ”something you should get”

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  87. ChadDISC -  April 12, 2013 - 11:30 am

    I agree that telepathy is not the issue we’re talking about…brain waves are.

    My vote is EE-Key!

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  88. djpagey -  April 12, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Mindkey…

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  89. Noni -  April 12, 2013 - 8:23 am

    Aplomb.

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  90. Daniel -  April 12, 2013 - 7:07 am

    I agree with PsyKey as well. I thought of that and can’t think of anything better nor have I seen anything better.

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  91. Larry -  April 12, 2013 - 6:04 am

    Cephgate.

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  92. Doc Meek -  April 12, 2013 - 3:07 am

    Using one’s EEG for a passcode should be called an EEG, since that’s what it is, right? – Kindness, Collins (Doc Meek)

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  93. Bob -  April 11, 2013 - 9:53 pm

    Neuropass
    Neuro has something to do with the brain and pass as in pass word. You know…

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  94. Arina Tishchenko -  April 11, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Mindlocks.

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  95. Andy -  April 11, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Make it random for once… Like da no hack or something

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  96. Hana -  April 11, 2013 - 4:28 pm

    Telepass
    Psy-Lock
    Tech-Lock

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  97. Br0wn13 -  April 11, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    PeeJ would totally have a point, but since the tech doesnn’t involve implants and isn’t literally reading your thoughts, but recognizing your unique brain pattrn or something or other – I think you’ll have to come up with something else. Neuro-lock or mindpass were pretty cool, I liked them.

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  98. waz -  April 11, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    hmm this is a very good question as it oppeses one’s desires and one’s fears..hmmm let’s see i would go with THESUPERAWESOMEMEGANANEOMEGATHOUGHTOFAWESOMENESS!!! that or either mindpass

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  99. pkentropy -  April 11, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Among the set of offered labels for a brainwave-
    based password, I opine that Vidhushaka’s
    “pathonyms” has considerable merit.

    Brain waves come in alpha, beta, gamma, delta,
    theta, and even mu varieties (frequencies), with
    each person exhibiting a–presumed–unique
    spectrum of those waves while sitting at relative
    rest at one’s MAC (or PC if circumstances force),
    yet–and this, on the downside–while focused on
    the same task as millions of fellow cybernauts.
    Accordingly, we could contemplate calling an
    encephalographic password an “idiopass” or
    the excessively syllabic “idiopathonym,” which,
    upon reflection, takes us back to my first para-
    graph’s exhortation on Vidhushaka’s “pathonym.”

    My only hiccup with pathonym is its faint taint of
    something gone wrong, because it immediately
    brings to my own mind the family of words bearing
    the same form/prefix: pathos, pathology, pathogen,
    pathological, pathogenic, and so forth. Nevertheless,
    Vidhushaka fields a viable contender.

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  100. PeeJ -  April 11, 2013 - 9:44 am

    Big Brother

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  101. D.Raghavendra Rao. -  April 11, 2013 - 8:21 am

    If hackers refer to dictionaries to find out the secrecy of passwords.non English pass words should be used which are not generally found in the dictioneries.D.Raghavendra Rao.

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  102. ms kaye -  April 11, 2013 - 8:12 am

    if this device is to collect our thoughts, then the password should be a memory .. hackers can’t hack into someone’s memories (well from sci-fi tales possibly but in reality, just not yet).

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  103. Les Moor -  April 11, 2013 - 7:40 am

    Telepass is my favorite suggested here but these are better:

    Leeloo (yes, THAT Leeloo)
    Multipass
    Neuropass
    Passe’ (because of what it does to traditional passcode methods)\
    Sympassico (ugh)
    Sympatico
    Syncpass
    VMM (Vulvan Mind Meld – yes, I am a fan of Star Trek)

    Cheers

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  104. Dom -  April 11, 2013 - 6:05 am

    PEPS = Personal Electronic Password and Signature
    or PEP = Personal Electronic Password

    It could also be called your “E-Sig” for Electronic Signature.

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  105. rhb@h79 -  April 11, 2013 - 6:04 am

    75% of American telepasses are set as “multipass”

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  106. rhb@h79 -  April 11, 2013 - 6:00 am

    75% of American telepasses are “multipass”

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  107. rhb@h79 -  April 11, 2013 - 5:52 am

    EE-graphs are better than fingerprints or retinal scans b/c EE-graphs are not as easily duplicated. Angels and Demons? Dark Knight Rises? Fingerprint scan tech isn’t that great yet ne way. And multipass is a perfect name. Yeah Milla

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  108. Bob -  April 11, 2013 - 5:25 am

    t-pass, so thought (or t) can replace the e generation thing.

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  109. Trees are Cute -  April 11, 2013 - 2:33 am

    Fluttershy! O.O

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  110. Webranger -  April 11, 2013 - 1:44 am

    Some responders here obviously have misunderstood the proposal – perhaps because they read only the slightly misleading headline and first paragraph. The proposal is not to read read a thought of a particular word, picture, etc. so references to telepathy are inappropriate.

    The idea is to recognise individual EEG waves in a way similar to recognising fingerprints. Neither of these technologies allow the user to give access to a friend. For general use a far more potent objection is that a very large proportion of users world-wide would not use the EEG technology precisely because it would be seen as “reading my thoughts” or even “scrambling my brain.” People who coincidentally developed bipolar problems after using this would launch multimillion dollar lawsuits. Oh what fun!

    I can remember people in Africa refusing to be photographed because it was “stealing their spirits.” How much more a technology that puts their brain waves into a computer.

    Not a good idea.

    So a name? How about “pneumapass” ? pneuma is Greek for “spirit” or “wind”

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  111. Kurt -  April 10, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    There have been some good suggestions, but the definitive choice is “logos”

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  112. Johnnyink -  April 10, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    How does neuropass sound?

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  113. Zelot -  April 10, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Nero-code maybe. Or you could use latin and mix some words. Thats what most words are anyway.

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  114. RM -  April 10, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    I call this technological feat disastrous…

    Note Ray’s comment: “Nevertheless it should be noted -articlewise- that detecting brainprints can never work—because once ‘cracked’ they’d never be resecured….” This is a dangerous reality – for this technology to work, it requires the bluetooth system to translate your thoughts into electric signals, and then send these signals wirelessly to your computer… Do you realize that you don’t have to duplicate the person’s thoughts to break in — Just intercept that wireless signal (something we’ve done since about 15 AD) and broadcast it to the computer… fail

    BTW Shana Charles… your ideas strike me as someone with buckteeth saying password… “pathword” wow lol :O

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  115. Andy Biersack -  April 10, 2013 - 6:38 pm

    Psykey, telepass, mindpass. One of those three.

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  116. michaela -  April 10, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    Anyway if they really asked what I would call them, since it’s coming from your brain waves and brain implants which of course would be a waste of money I would call them passwaves or brainword or pass waves, pass brain, brapass, wavpass im techno-savy hehhehehhehehe

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  117. Person -  April 10, 2013 - 4:28 pm

    Really if you make a good secure password, it’s fine. Just go to a random password generator if you can’t think of one. If you can think of names for a mind password, YOU CAN THINK OF A PASSWORD!!! However, some names I like are:
    telepass
    brainlock
    braincode
    incredipass

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  118. Smart Nerd -  April 10, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    I hate the idea of fingerprint scanners or mental passwords. What if you need to share an account with someone or what them to be able to access it also? In that case you can’t give them your fingerprint or you thoughts, but the advance of techonology is mind boggoling. There should be an option of how you would like to access an account of device or whatever instead of only thoughts or a fingerprint. What if my finger burns off the scar can’t access the account or what if i get a concussion then i still will won’t be able to access whatever that is i want to access to because my nuero code would be totally different after a concussion.

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  119. cat lover -  April 10, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    i think it should be Neuro-lock or brainprint.

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  120. HI -  April 10, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    People would still make computers simulate a person’s mind and probe it to crack the password :)

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  121. Bob -  April 10, 2013 - 1:57 pm

    Maybe psylock?

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  122. krissy2112 -  April 10, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    the only thing about fingerprint coding is tht its soooo easy to break into… they have it now and its just too simple… they have it for most cell phones and all u have to do is get some plastic wrap n put it to the screen if its not ur prints n just aline ur fingers with the prints beneath … and ur in -_- like seriously not the safest invention… tht being one of the million of ways u can break a “finger-print” code… i once thought cool too till my ex got one lol then i thought … too easy… lol

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  123. krissy2112 -  April 10, 2013 - 11:58 am

    Seraph on April 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm
    Neuro-lock

    kool idea aswell best yet if ud ask me kudos ^_^

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  124. krissy2112 -  April 10, 2013 - 11:52 am

    i agree with Mikeztarp … all ideas i thought of before reading his so y not… telepass being my first thought.

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  125. Casey -  April 10, 2013 - 11:05 am

    75% of Americans set there password as password

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  126. that guy -  April 10, 2013 - 9:44 am

    usless

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  127. Andrea L. -  April 10, 2013 - 9:39 am

    telepass is a really cool name for it like others say, and what if you want to give your password to someone else what happens then

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  128. chip -  April 10, 2013 - 9:36 am

    sesamee. a simple to remember reference to tales from the “arabian nights.”

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  129. skado -  April 10, 2013 - 9:11 am

    ok, but what if I want to give my password to someone else to use on my behalf? mind meld?

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  130. dont telling my secert name! -  April 10, 2013 - 8:32 am

    What brand will it be?Toshiba?Acer?

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  131. Richard Osei-Asibey -  April 10, 2013 - 8:18 am

    Meaning an easy password

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  132. Richard Osei-Asibey -  April 10, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Should be Zpw

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  133. Pete -  April 10, 2013 - 8:00 am

    Techpass

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  134. Vidhushaka -  April 10, 2013 - 7:39 am

    Pathonyms

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  135. Ray -  April 10, 2013 - 7:04 am

    For all you ‘EEGHEADS’–

    If a password doesn’t contain a word, it is a passcode, (They already don’t (*) contain numbers, despite their digits), or, a passanomaly—if you’re sufficiently pedantic…

    * (“Already-do-not” must be a ‘capsized-innegatory’ variant of the split-infinitive: cf “to already do-[not]“.)

    So—
    “Passwryly”
    “Passrhythm”
    “Passeeg” (That looks like a 4N word)
    “Passbrain”
    “Passochist” (Now we’re getting funny)
    “Passodelic” (as there are probably alteratives for EEG production)
    “Brainprint”
    “Brainhash”

    Nevertheless it should be noted -articlewise- that detecting brainprints can never work—because once ‘cracked’ they’d never be resecured….

    And—too—there’d be brain-mimics….

    SIDEBAR: I always ‘enjoyed’ that Russian word “glasnost” because it suggested ‘glass-nosed’ so we could ‘see’ what they were ‘thinking’….

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  136. Kirk -  April 10, 2013 - 5:17 am

    What if the password was not a word but an abtract thought? Such as a picture or memory?

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  137. [...] http://hotword.dictionary.com/password/ 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. [...]

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  138. Joseph -  April 10, 2013 - 4:07 am

    A telepathi
    c password should be called “telepass”. If it is not telepathogenic…LOL

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  139. Andy -  April 10, 2013 - 3:56 am

    Yeah I like telepathy code

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  140. Norma -  April 10, 2013 - 3:55 am

    Telepathy-Code

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  141. Sandypops -  April 10, 2013 - 2:48 am

    Oh yeah like all this is true!

    Soon we’ll be believing men landed on the moon!!!!!
    LOL!!

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  142. stephanie -  April 10, 2013 - 1:44 am

    and “psykey” haha…

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  143. stephanie -  April 10, 2013 - 1:25 am

    top “mindpass”

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  144. Smit -  April 9, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    What if someone else thinks of your password? Like your password is ” airplane” and someone else thinks of that, then would it open?

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  145. jonathan -  April 9, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    It should be called “Passthought” because your password is your thought.

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  146. Hunter -  April 9, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Password Cognition

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  147. secret -  April 9, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    all your suggestions sounds cool guys

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  148. Anonymous -  April 9, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    @Cyberquill: The problem with that is that mythbusters proved that you CAN actually fake a fingerprint, even though it is hard, you can fool the computer into thinking its the same fingerprint even if there is a gel detector in the computer to check if the same gels are being released.

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  149. Mr. Annonymous -  April 9, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    It would be a lot simpler to do away with the surgeries and risky brain implants and this unnecessary research by having people provide their fingerprints instead, pressed to the screen of a separate device, wired or wireless, that goes into a USB Port. If wireless, you would have the fingerprint device itself, and the little USB Stick that communicates with it.

    If that’s not complex enough — because everyone has different fingerprints — an optical device, wired or wireless, where you look at the screen with your eyes that operates from a USB Port.

    Both ideas are doable.

    With these ideas in mind, wherever people access their e-mails and any other sites they have accounts with, would have to be compatible with this these devices so people can log into their accounts after providing their identity optics or fingerprints.

    Anything beats brain implants and surgery of any kind. A great many hospitals these days don’t know what they’re doing, much less get an IV put in your arm.

    If not me to push this idea / invention, I would like someone else to do it instead for the good sake and safety of this world.

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  150. Mindless -  April 9, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    I agree with Mattski

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  151. Seraph -  April 9, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Neuro-lock
    It’s catchy, and is easy to say in one word.

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  152. Joey dale -  April 9, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Mind code would be a cool name.

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  153. Joey dale -  April 9, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Mind code would be a cool name

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  154. Shana Charles -  April 9, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    Telepathword

    Path is similar to pass and so I believe that Pathword or Telepathword would be kinda catchy.

    Think about it- These new security measures could be called Telepathwords.

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  155. can't tell my name -  April 9, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    O_O

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  156. Taylor -  April 9, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    How interesting– the fact that Bluetooth already supports these telepathic passwords is absolutely astounding to me. Technology seems to be evolving more rapidly than I can keep up with it!

    A “mindlock” or a “telepass” could be a usable name for one of these passwords, but “passthought” is pretty creative. Kudos to TechCrunch– I don’t think I could have come up with that one.

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  157. srgrdfs -  April 9, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    TelePass seems like a pretty obvious name suggestion…

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  158. cryptologicalMystification -  April 9, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    Pathwords? Telepasswords?

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  159. Nshera -  April 9, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Passcode thoughts.

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  160. Danielle White -  April 9, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Why have a mind reading computer when you can have a hotdog instead.

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  161. Jon plays MC -  April 9, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Sweet

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  162. John -  April 9, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Teleword

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  163. Noah -  April 9, 2013 - 10:40 am

    It should be called MindCodes

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  164. TW -  April 9, 2013 - 10:18 am

    how about using Chinese characters too? Just 3 of them have over half a trillion possible combinations. Think of what 12 of them would do to security

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  165. Ronnie -  April 9, 2013 - 8:48 am

    telepass

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  166. brian -  April 9, 2013 - 8:08 am

    technobite

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  167. Shannon -  April 9, 2013 - 7:42 am

    I am suddenly reminded of the GreyBox that you have to get for Katsumi’s loyalty mission in ME2… So that bit of far future tech may actually be a reality soon? Cool.

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  168. Mikeztarp -  April 9, 2013 - 7:34 am

    I like “passthoughts” but would be too hard to pronounce to really stick. A few ideas:
    - “telepass” => etymologically that doesn’t include thought, but it sounds like “telepath”
    - “mentapass” => no, Leelo, I didn’t say “multipass”
    - “think-lock” or “thought-lock”
    - “mens sana in computatro sano”

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  169. Ray -  April 9, 2013 - 6:18 am

    If you’re going to be featured on Dictionary.com, you should get your own definitions right: they’re not telepathic passwords, they’re electronic brain signatures. I would combine ‘electroencephalogram’ and ‘autograph, and call them EE-Graphs.

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  170. PASSWORD | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  April 9, 2013 - 6:08 am

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  171. Constante E. Firme, Jr. -  April 9, 2013 - 5:48 am

    Telepathic passwords could be called “psychkeys.” (psyches, hehe)

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  172. Mattski -  April 9, 2013 - 4:48 am

    “What do you think a telepathic password should be called?”

    Magic…

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  173. Cyberquill -  April 9, 2013 - 3:35 am

    I may be easier to develop a touchscreen-activated fingerprint reader. Then you’d simply press your thumb on the password field. I’d call those passwords “passprints.”

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