[NetBehaviour] Handwritten Passwords.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Jul 6 12:08:38 CEST 2007

Handwritten Passwords.

Analyzing script could ease the strain on people's memories.

A new online authentication system called Dynahand could make logging in 
to websites a little easier. With Dynahand, users simply identify their 
own handwriting, instead of entering a cryptic password or buying a 
biometric device to scan their fingerprints.

Passwords can be secure when used properly, but many people don't use 
them well. Creating weak passwords that are easy to hack, using the same 
passwords for multiple accounts, writing down passwords on slips of 
paper--these bad habits undermine security. University of Glasgow 
computer scientist Karen Renaud, who worked on Dynahand, says that 
people can't be blamed for this carelessness. "I don't even know how 
many passwords I have," she says. "It's ridiculous ... I think people 
who design websites are totally unrealistic with the load they put on 


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