Stop Memorizing Your Passwords
Never memorize that ridiculously long password ever again.
Creating unhackable passwords is the Internet's latest torture device. You'll notice that online forms these days aren't happy with "1234" anymore. Instead, you're forced to create a long alphanumeric string with mixed symbols and random capitalizations thrown in. This is fine and dandy for security reasons, but how the hell are you supposed to remember the damn thing?
Now, thanks to a new method developed by scientists from Stanford and Northwestern, you can store the password in your brain that you can tap into unconsciously. The technique, Gizmodo reports, is called "procedural memories" and is similar to muscle memory. For example, the reason you never forget how to ride a bike is because the know-how is stored deep in the part of your brain that handles motor control.
The Stanford and Northwestern scientists designed a simple game similar to Guitar Hero that trains the mind to remember a certain pattern of keystrokes. The idea is that over time, the same long password is stored in your muscle memory. Of course, like learning how to ride a bike, this process takes practice.
Participants in the study would play a 30- to 60-minute game where they pressed the same keystrokes thousands of times, teaching their fingers a password that they wouldn't normally remember. After a few weeks, participants could type in previously unfamiliar sequences with better accuracy. Simply, their fingers did the typing, not their memory.
You wouldn't need this long process for, say, your Twitter login, but graduate student Hristo Bojinov who led the study, said that companies have expressed interest in using the method for password encryption.
Do you have a hard time remembering your passwords?