This article from Wired really piqued my interest…
It’s crazy to think that 1 in 20 times people still use “password” for their passwords. That’s just nuts.
A recent study from Microsoft and Princeton suggests that a training technique could be very effective (90% success rate) at teaching people to remember a 12-character-long password with random letters and numbers.
How it works:
- Every time the login screen appeared, the user would be prompted to type in a series of letters and numbers.
- Over time the string of characters longer to appear, which encouraged the user to start typing from memory.
- More characters were added to the password over time.
- After 10 days, 9 out of 10 users could correctly enter 12 random characters or 6 random words from memory.
Pretty cool, eh?