As we’ve all learned, a PIN is not the toughest of security measures. We all pick easily remembered numbers like anniversaries, birthdays or lucky numbers which make us easy pickings for hackers and identity thieves. But soon this may change.
For those of who you don’t remember life before emoji’s, a British company wants you to use them as your password. Intelligent Environments has launched a feature in which customers (especially those in the 20-something age range) can choose a PIN code for online banking from a menu of 44 emojis making it not only more secure but easier for people to remember. I mean really, who forgets a password of hamburger-hammer-chicken wing-evil jack’o’lantern?
Some experts argue that this won’t necessarily make us safer as it won’t change our habits. People who use emojis for passwords will still tend to use the same passwords of symbols for all their accounts, which is currently a major problem. The company will still have to find a partner to roll out their program, but I’m hoping that an American banking institution picks this up. I can’t wait to create my first image-only password and grin every time I enter salsa dancer-margarita-running sneaker-man on bicycle.
- On June 18, 2015